addict

verb
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)

addict

noun
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

dopehead, doper, druggie (also druggy), fiend, freak [slang], head, hophead [slang], hype [slang], junkie (also junky), stoner, user

Antonyms: Noun

nonaddict, nonuser

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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

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Teens around the country, many of whom would never touch a cigarette, are already addicted to the device. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Everything You Need To Know About the Juul Flavor Ban," 15 Nov. 2018 Fast-forward 22 years and saying that people are addicted to their phone is a bit like saying the Kardashians have a fondness for surgical enhancement. Carrie Battan, Harper's BAZAAR, "Escaping the Seduction of Your Smartphone," 26 July 2018 Ten ways to make holiday gatherings better when a family member is addicted or in recovery. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Making Mother's Day More Inclusive," 10 May 2018 The children's mother, Sherry Davis, was addicted to drugs, and the state documented regular instances of neglect. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 The children’s mother, Sherry Davis, was addicted to drugs, and the state documented regular instances of neglect. Washington Post, "Abuse, neglect and a system that failed: The tragic lives of the Hart children," 12 July 2018 The children's mother, Sherry Davis, was addicted to drugs, and the state documented regular instances of neglect. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 She got addicted after a softball injury at North Gwinnett High and saw others around her struggling, too. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Meth, ‘the Devil’s drug,’ is back and killing more people than ever," 4 July 2018 The subject matter is depressing, but the storytelling is addicting — like good, page-turning pulp. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream some ‘Nordic noir’ on Netflix, starting with Deadwind," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But now he's accompanied by, among others, an overdosing heroin addict, a woman beaten to death by her cop partner, and a woman who turned out to not really exist at all when the travelers discover her life story was a fabrication. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Get your binge on: Season 3 of sci-fi gem Travelers is out now," 14 Dec. 2018 Ben Is Back feels more Hollywood than this year’s other parent-child film about a young addict, Beautiful Boy, but because of that it’s more emotionally satisfying — and Roberts and Hedges will almost certainly be campaigning for awards berths. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 9 Oscar contenders coming out in December," 3 Dec. 2018 Now 100 Years of Skincare To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that : 0%: 0% However, my favorite way to use color magick is in my beauty routine (witchy makeup addicts, rejoice). Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Color Magick: A Beginner's Guide to Harnessing the Power of Every Color," 25 Sep. 2018 The sister of a longtime addict, Sergent has made drug abuse and treatment a linchpin of her underdog Democratic run to unseat a Republican congressman in November’s midterms. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "For West Virginia Congressional Candidate Talley Sergent, the Politics of Drug Addiction Are Personal," 7 Aug. 2018 Location: Polo, Illinois Price: $325,000 Architecture addicts know that Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence stretches far and wide, and today’s listing proves the point. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright asks $325K," 30 Aug. 2018 For Sergent, that includes three kids who smile out from the screen in her first T.V. ad—children being raised by their grandma because their mom is an addict. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "For West Virginia Congressional Candidate Talley Sergent, the Politics of Drug Addiction Are Personal," 7 Aug. 2018 Its purveyor, Ken Gloss, is a regular appraiser on the PBS’s Antiques Roadshow and has gained modest fame among antiquers and public-television addicts. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Boston," 2 Aug. 2018 Unscrupulous treatment clinics can also tap into insurance money by routing addicts to labs that charge thousands for routine drug tests. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Rubio wants to stop kickbacks that keep drug addicts perpetually in recovery," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of addict

Verb

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for addict

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

Noun

derivative of addict entry 1

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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 \

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

addict

noun
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

addict

noun
ad·​dict | \ ˈa-dikt \

Legal Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is addicted to a drug

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