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noun [countable] dose pronunciation in American English /doʊs/
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  1. 1
    medical an amount of a drug that has been measured so that you can take it
    dose of: If you are in pain, increase the dose of painkillers.
    a small/low dose: Taking a low dose of aspirin can help prevent heart attacks.
    a fatal/lethal dose (=an amount that will kill you): a lethal dose of morphine
    See also medicine
  2. 2
    an amount of a particular quality
    dose of: Marcus added a healthy dose of skepticism to the discussion.
    1. a.
      an amount of something bad that happens to you
      Local people were exposed to high doses of radiation.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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