addict

noun
ad·​dict | \ ˈa-(ˌ)dikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \
plural addicts

Definition of addict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one exhibiting a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity a drug addict opioid addicts a gambling addict
2 : one strongly inclined to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly a television addict chocolate addicts

addict

verb
ad·​dict | \ ə-ˈdikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \
addicted; addicting; addicts

Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause addiction in (someone) addicts … find it convenient to addict several other persons— D. W. Maurer and V. H. Vogel Hard-core fitness freaks are addicting themselves to all manner of hybrid mind/body activities …— Rick Marin et al. — see also addicted, addicting

Synonyms & Antonyms for addict

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of addict in a Sentence

Noun 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: Noun The son is a drug addict and not supposed to be around the grandson, but everyone enables everyone. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 4 Nov. 2021 Amelia is outed as a recovering drug addict and is still fighting with her brother, who is splitting his time between Seattle and big presidential stuff in D.C. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 30 Sep. 2021 Moore, 41, describes himself as a former gang member, survivor of gun violence, and a recovering addict who has turned his life around for the better. Jason Morris And Ryan Young, CNN, 25 Sep. 2021 In any Nirvana-adjacent memoir, there’s always a chapter where Cobain’s manager/friend from Seattle/bandmate realizes with a sinking feeling that the singer is a heroin addict. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 The wide impact on the body can make a coronavirus patient look like a heroin addict. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Oct. 2021 Arrebato 4K restoration of Spanish filmmaker Iván Zulueta‘s hallucinatory 1980 horror fable about a director and a heroin addict. Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 The previous film dealt with the tumultuous relationship between Julie, a naïve film student (Honor Swinton Byrne), and Anthony, an erudite drug addict (Tom Burke). Rachel Handler, Vulture, 20 July 2021 It was revealed earlier this season that Coco's mother was a heroin addict, often using her young son to inject her as a nurse would medicate a patient. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In another scandal that found its way to celluloid (1999's The Insider), Wigand appeared on 60 Minutes and said his firm, tobacco giant Brown & Williamson, had intentionally manipulated the level of nicotine in their cigarettes to addict smokers. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2019 The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the U.S. tobacco market, has long aimed to crack down on menthol products, which disproportionately addict black people. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 21 Apr. 2021 Big Tobacco conspired for years to addict teens and target minorities, even the executives knew of the deadly costs to smokers, those around them and society. Star Tribune, 20 Mar. 2021 Legislators passed the law last year, citing concerns that tobacco companies are using sweet flavors to addict youths. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, 22 Jan. 2021 First, the platforms' business models — originally designed to manipulate and addict — are the very reason that disinformation goes viral in the first place. Sally Hubbard For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 28 Oct. 2020 Perpetual connectivity has led to a plethora of early social media apps that are designed to addict and distract us. Padmasree Warrior, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2020 His research indicates that for the technology or digital media addict the dopamine release in the brain is similar to that of drugs and alcohol. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2020 Miranda, by then, was moved out of the little cape and the rumor about town was that she was addicted to drugs and living in Newark, under the bridge. Lisa Taddeo, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of addict

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for addict

Noun

derivative of addict entry 2

Verb

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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More Definitions for addict

addict

noun

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.

addict

noun
ad·​dict | \ ˈa-ˌdikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

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

addict

transitive verb
ad·​dict | \ ə-ˈdikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

Medical Definition of addict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause addiction in (someone)

addict

noun
ad·​dict | \ ˈad-(ˌ)ikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

Medical Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

: one exhibiting a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity a drug addict opioid addicts a gambling addict

addict

transitive verb
ad·​dict | \ ə-ˈdikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

Legal Definition of addict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

addict

noun
ad·​dict | \ ˈa-dikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

Legal Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is addicted to a drug

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