Definition of overdose in English:



  • An excessive and dangerous dose of a drug.

    ‘a fatal overdose of painkillers’
    • ‘Although safe in normal doses, an overdose of some tricyclic antidepressants can dangerously affect the heart rhythm.’
    • ‘During the summer, her depression worsened and she took a potentially fatal overdose.’
    • ‘List the antidote needed if an accidental ingestion or overdose occurred.’
    • ‘Combining the two could have led to a dangerous overdose.’
    • ‘Antimalarials must be dosed carefully and kept in childproof containers because overdoses may be fatal in children.’
    • ‘Though I do have some vitamin C on hand, I've never heard of an overdose being fatal!’
    • ‘The potential for a fatal overdose is significantly lower with SSRIs than with tricyclic antidepressants.’
    • ‘Two months later, the star was found dead of an apparent sleeping pill overdose.’
    • ‘Her parents are convinced that she did not administer the overdose herself.’
    • ‘When it reaches this stage, acetaminophen overdose is often fatal.’
    • ‘Later, after a lithium overdose, Renee's mind becomes more severely damaged.’
    • ‘The main problems that you see would be similar to what you'd see in a heroin overdose.’
    • ‘She had swallowed an overdose of her antidepressants and then called an ambulance.’
    • ‘It has many side effects, and an overdose can cause a dangerous slowness in breathing before victims fall into a coma.’
    • ‘He was found dead of an accidental drug overdose.’
    • ‘Fatal overdoses in addicted patients often involve the combination of benzodiazepines and alcohol, with or without opiates.’
    • ‘These include normal doses of anaesthetic agents, overdoses of sedative drugs or alcohol, and a generalized epileptic seizure.’
    • ‘A month later she was found dead, supposedly from an overdose of sleeping pills.’
    • ‘Toxicology suggests that fatal overdoses usually involve combinations of drugs, often at therapeutic doses.’
    • ‘And nothing will cut down on a singer-songwriter's productivity like a fatal heroin overdose.’
    excess, surplus, abundance, oversupply, superabundance, superfluity, overdose, glut, avalanche, deluge
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  • 1 Take an overdose of a drug.

    ‘he was admitted to hospital after overdosing on cocaine’
    • ‘It says there are a significant number of cases involving people misreading instructions, and accidents involving children overdosing on prescription drugs.’
    • ‘Why in heaven's name would they risk their lives by overdosing on a medication that can cause irregular heart rhythm and sometimes death?’
    • ‘Last week, the couple's 14-year-old daughter was rushed to hospital after trying to commit suicide by overdosing on headache pills.’
    • ‘Her problems escalated and she started overdosing on her anti-depressant tablets.’
    • ‘Sharing this information reduces the risk that you'll accidentally overdose on pain medication or experience a dangerous drug interaction.’
    • ‘On April 21, another man also attempted to overdose on tablets.’
    • ‘A former roommate of the woman also said that she had tried to commit suicide at school twice in the past year by overdosing on sleeping pills.’
    • ‘Her most common suicide attempt method was by overdosing on her medications.’
    • ‘She died, virtually penniless, in 1965 after overdosing on alcohol and barbiturates.’
    • ‘In the early 1970s she overdosed on pills and was referred to a psychiatric hospital.’
    • ‘In other words, his body was not that of a child and therefore he was not overdosing on the drug.’
    • ‘He'd killed himself with overdosing on drugs, I supposed.’
    • ‘Things became so bad that I had to be checked into a hospital for overdosing on cocaine.’
    • ‘Linda said she tried to take her own life on several occasions by overdosing on tablets.’
    • ‘Two weeks later, she commits suicide by overdosing on sleeping tablets.’
    • ‘Girls think about and attempt suicide about twice as often as boys, and girls tend to attempt suicide by overdosing on drugs or cutting themselves.’
    • ‘Suppose he has the chance to kill himself by a non-preferred method - say, overdosing on pills.’
    • ‘She'd accidentally overdosed before, and there was someone there to take care of her.’
    • ‘The event focused on a woman hospitalized after overdosing on tranquilizers and alcohol.’
    • ‘She said her client suffered from a mood disorder and had mistakenly overdosed on her prescribed medication.’
    1. 1.1[with object]Give an overdose to.
      ‘I think he had a quack doctor who overdosed him’
      • ‘I have overdosed myself six or seven times and the paramedics have always brought me round.’
      • ‘From Sunday up to Tuesday, I was always sleeping at two in the morning, overdosing myself with caffeine just to keep myself going.’
      • ‘But parents should be mindful not to overdose their child as this results in more serious and irreversible conditions.’
      • ‘The levels in the older girl could have been potentially fatal and Wells had got it wrong and overdosed the girl.’
      • ‘I think you guys may have overdosed him in whatever pain killers he's on at the moment.’
      • ‘I'm worried that you might be overdosing yourself with antihistamines and thus instead of relieving the problem, you are contributing to it.’
      • ‘Fluoride Free Water said the report was never made public and parents who were using tap water to make up infant formula feed were overdosing their children with fluoride.’
      • ‘‘Every group overdosed the patient,’ Oriol said.’