Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A remedy or other agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison.
  • noun An agent that relieves or counteracts.
  • transitive verb To relieve or counteract with an antidote.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To furnish with preservatives; preserve by antidotes; serve as an antidote to; counteract.
  • noun A medicine adapted to counteract the effects of poison or an attack of disease.
  • noun Whatever prevents or tends to prevent or counteract injurious influences or effects, whether physical or mental; a counteracting power or influence of any kind.
  • noun Synonyms Remedy, cure, counteractive, corrective.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To counteract or prevent the effects of, by giving or taking an antidote.
  • transitive verb To fortify or preserve by an antidote.
  • noun A remedy to counteract the effects of poison, or of anything noxious taken into the stomach; -- used with against, for, or to.
  • noun Whatever tends to prevent mischievous effects, or to counteract evil which something else might produce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A remedy to counteract the effects of poison (often followed by "against," "for," or "to").
  • noun Something that counteracts or prevents something harmful.
  • verb transitive To counteract as an antidote.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Latin antidotum, from Greek antidoton, from antididonai, antido-, to give as a remedy against : anti-, anti- + didonai, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin antidotum, from Ancient Greek ἀντίδοτον (antidoton), neuter of ἀντίδοτος (antidotos, "given as a remedy for"), from ἀντιδίδωμι (antididōmi, "I give in return, repay"), from ἀντί (anti, "against") + δίδωμι (didōmi, "I give"). Compare French antidote.

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