Definition of dose noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dəʊs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//doʊs//
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  1. 1an amount of a medicine or a drug that is taken once, or regularly over a period of time a high/low/lethal dose Repeat the dose after 12 hours if necessary. Take a single dose at bedtime to help you sleep. I always take my daily dose of vitamin C. Wordfinderadminister, capsule, dispense, dose, ill, inhaler, medicine, medication, pharmacy, placebo See related entries: Medication
  2. 2(informal) an amount of something A dose of flu kept me off work. Workers at the nuclear plant were exposed to high doses of radiation. I can cope with her in small doses (= for short amounts of time).
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from French, via late Latin from Greek dosis ‘gift’, from didonai ‘give’.Extra examples She needs to be given a daily dose of the medicine. The film also contains a hefty dose of comedy. The nurse will administer the correct dose. a lethal dose of radiation a strong dose of painkillers patients who receive high doses of this drug Repeat dose after 12 hours if necessary. a high/​low dose to take/​give somebody a dose of medicineIdioms (old-fashioned, British English, informal) very fast and easily He got through the housework like a dose of salts.
    a taste/dose of your own medicine
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    the same bad treatment that you have given to others Let the bully have a taste of his own medicine.
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