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overdosenoun [C]

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.dəʊs/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ.doʊs/
(informal OD) too much of a ​drug taken or given at one ​time, either ​intentionally or by ​accident: When he was 17 he took an overdose ofsleepingpills and ​nearlydied. Jimi Hendrix ​died of a drug overdose.UK also a drugs overdose humorous too much of something: After ​watching two ​operas, I was ​suffering from an overdose of ​culture.

overdoseverb [I]

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.dəʊs/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ.doʊs/
(informal OD) to take too much of a ​drug: She overdosed onaspirin and ​died. humorous to have too much of something: I ​think I've just overdosed oncheesecake!
(Definition of overdose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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overdosenoun [C]

 us   /ˈoʊ·vərˌdoʊs/
an ​amount of a ​medicine or ​drug that is too ​large: an ​accidental overdose of acetaminophen
overdose
verb [I]  us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈdoʊs, ˈoʊ·vərˌdoʊs/ (abbreviation slang OD,  us   /ˈoʊˈdi/ )
(Definition of overdose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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