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[n. oh-ver-dohs; v. oh-ver-dohs, oh-ver-dohs] /n. ˈoʊ vərˌdoʊs; v. ˈoʊ vərˌdoʊs, ˌoʊ vərˈdoʊs/
noun, verb, overdosed, overdosing.
Origin of overdose
1680-90; over- + dose Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overdose
  • 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.
  • Three days previously, she had tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.
  • Newspapers began reporting deaths resulting from overdose.
  • Fearing that she had taken an overdose, he hurried to her apartment.
  • He spent several days in intensive care before recovering from the overdose.
  • Earlier versions were less effective than modern pills, which have fewer side effects and are less toxic in overdose.
  • The idea is similar to the way in which an overdose of heroin or morphine is treated.
  • Not long after, she killed herself with an overdose of sleeping pills.
  • In the end she takes an overdose of sleeping medicine.
British Dictionary definitions for overdose


noun (ˈəʊvəˌdəʊs)
(esp of drugs) an excessive dose
verb (ˌəʊvəˈdəʊs)
to take an excessive dose or give an excessive dose to
Derived Forms
overdosage, noun
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Word Origin and History for overdose

1700, "an excessive dose," from over- + dose (n.).


1727, "to administer medicine in too large a dose" (transitive); from 1968 as "to take an overdose of drugs;" see over- + dose (v.). Related: Overdosed; overdosing.

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overdose in Medicine

overdose o·ver·dose (ō'vər-dōs')
An excessive dose, especially of a narcotic.

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