ad·dict | \ ə-ˈdikt \
addicted; addicting; addicts

Definition of addict 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively was addicted to gambling

2 : to cause addiction to a substance in (a person or animal)


ad·dict | \ ˈa-(ˌ)dikt \

Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who is addicted especially to a substance a heroin addict

2 : devotee a detective novel addict

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Synonyms & Antonyms for addict

Synonyms: Noun

aficionado (also afficionado), buff, bug, devotee, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fancier, fiend, fool, freak, habitué (also habitue), head, hound, junkie (also junky), lover, maniac, maven (also mavin), nut, sucker

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of addict in a Sentence


an inspiring story about addicts who seek help and manage to kick their habit science-fiction addicts who eagerly await each new installment in the series

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It is understandably addicted to high-margin items like games, which aid its bottom line. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Barnes & Noble Too Big to Fail?," 6 July 2018 Millions of patients today are addicted, even though research shows the opioids don’t work for such conditions as fibromyalgia, back pain and headache, said Andrew Kolodny, co-director of Opioid Policy Research at Brandeis University. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Opioid Crackdown Has Patients Struggling to Get Their Meds," 26 Apr. 2018 After the mice were addicted, the researchers injected a CBD gel into the rat’s skin. Emily Price, Fortune, "Marijuana May Aid in Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery," 26 Mar. 2018 She was addicted to antidepressants, painkillers, sleeping pills, and alcohol. Stephanie Mansfield, Town & Country, "Inside the World's Richest Rivalry: Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton," 26 Apr. 2017 Juul says its mission is to help addicted smokers by providing a better alternative to tar-burning cigarettes. Fortune, "E-Cigarette Maker Juul Is Said to Seek $1.2 Billion in Funding," 30 June 2018 Wow, our kids are getting addicted to this stuff at such a young age. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna on Recode Decode," 15 June 2018 Kudlow has acknowledged ups and downs in his life, having been addicted to drugs and alcohol before getting sober more than 20 years ago. Anchorage Daily News, "White House economic adviser Kudlow suffered heart attack, Trump says," 12 June 2018 Alioto said that upward of 40 percent of the city’s approximately 2,000 to 3,000 chronically homeless people are so mentally ill or drug addicted that they should be put into psychiatric or rehabilitation facilities. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mayoral candidates face hurdle of housing homeless who resist moving inside," 6 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

San Francisco hands out more free syringes to drug addicts — 400,000 a month and growing — than New York City, which has 10 times the population. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why San Francisco is stuck with a deluge of needles," 30 May 2018 Stretching from 1910 to the 21st century, the history of the Knieps family is filled with outsiders and miscreants, addicts and even a murderer. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Mystical Circus' ('O Grande Circo Mistico'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 To this administration, opiate addiction isn’t primarily about demand — about treating addicts and saving lives. Yvonne Abraham,, "The truth about Lawrence," 14 July 2018 With the correct prescription, an addict’s compulsive behavior, loss of control, constant cravings, and other hallmarks of addiction will usually vanish. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "You’re Not Clean Until You’re 110% Clean," 9 July 2018 An addict’s regrets are seldom as strong as his cravings, and the film is a compassionate, apolitical glimpse into the chasm between the two. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018 Rubio said the current system treats addicts and their insurance plans as cash cows. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Rubio wants to stop kickbacks that keep drug addicts perpetually in recovery," 5 July 2018 Pills put addicts on a path to heroin, which is cheaper and more dangerous, and fentanyl — a synthetic drug that is even more deadly than heroin. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Doctor fraud crackdown on opioid epidemic involves Louisville," 28 June 2018 The conviction was reversed in 2014 after DNA evidence pointed to a former crack addict who died in a South Carolina prison. Fox News, "Man acquitted of rape after 25 years in prison to get $10M," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of addict


1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for addict


earlier, "to give over, surrender, apply or devote (oneself) habitually," borrowed from Latin addictus, past participle of addīcere "to assign (property), make over, hand over, surrender," from ad- ad- + dīcere "to speak, say" — more at diction


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English Language Learners Definition of addict

: a person who is not able to stop taking drugs : a person who is addicted to drugs

: a person who likes or enjoys something very much and spends a large amount of time doing it, watching it, etc.


ad·dict | \ ˈa-ˌdikt \

Kids Definition of addict

1 : a person who is not able to stop taking drugs a heroin addict

2 : a person who likes or enjoys something excessively a chocolate addict

ad·dict | \ ə-ˈdikt \

Medical Definition of addict 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (a person) to become physiologically dependent upon a substance


ad·dict | \ ˈad-(ˌ)ikt \

Medical Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is addicted to a substance

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ad·dict | \ ə-ˈdikt \

Legal Definition of addict 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (a person) to become physiologically dependent upon a drug


ad·dict | \ ˈa-dikt \

Legal Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is addicted to a drug

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