overdose

[n. oh-ver-dohs; v. oh-ver-dohs, oh-ver-dohs]
noun, verb, overdosed, overdosing.

Origin:
1680–90; over- + dose

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overdose
 
n
1.  (esp of drugs) an excessive dose
 
vb
2.  to take an excessive dose or give an excessive dose to
 
over'dosage
 
n

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overdose
1700 (n.), "an excessive dose," 1727 (v.), "to administer medicine in too large a dose" (trans.), from over + dose. Meaning "to take an overdose of drugs" is first attested 1973.
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overdose o·ver·dose (ō'vər-dōs')
n.
An excessive dose, especially of a narcotic.

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Yes, it was an overdose of disgusting food served at an interview dinner.
But our incidence of drug overdose deaths is way out of proportion to our
  population density.
Newspapers began reporting deaths resulting from overdose.
Fearing that she had taken an overdose, he hurried to her apartment.
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