noun \ˈdrəg\

: a substance that is used as a medicine

: an illegal and often harmful substance (such as heroin, cocaine, LSD, or marijuana) that people take for pleasure

Full Definition of DRUG

a obsolete :  a substance used in dyeing or chemical operations
b :  a substance used as a medication or in the preparation of medication
c according to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
(1) :  a substance recognized in an official pharmacopoeia or formulary (2) :  a substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease (3) :  a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body (4) :  a substance intended for use as a component of a medicine but not a device or a component, part, or accessory of a device
:  a commodity that is not salable or for which there is no demand —used in the phrase drug on the market
:  something and often an illegal substance that causes addiction, habituation, or a marked change in consciousness
drug·gy also drug·gie \ˈdrə-gē\ adjective

Examples of DRUG

  1. a new drug used to treat people with high blood pressure
  2. an experimental drug for the treatment of AIDS
  3. Have you ever taken any illegal drugs?
  4. I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs.

Origin of DRUG

Middle English drogge
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Drug/Tobacco Terms

controlled, flake, herb, key, sodden

Rhymes with DRUG



: to give a drug to (a person or animal) in order to make that person or animal very sleepy or unconscious

: to add a drug to (a food or drink) in order to make someone sleepy or unconscious


Full Definition of DRUG

transitive verb
:  to affect with a drug; especially :  to stupefy by a narcotic drug
:  to administer a drug to
:  to lull or stupefy as if with a drug
intransitive verb
:  to take drugs for narcotic effect

Examples of DRUG

  1. He looks like he's been drugged.
  2. Someone could have drugged your drink.

First Known Use of DRUG



Definition of DRUG

dialect past of drag


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