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addict

verb ad·dict \ ə-ˈdikt \
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

Definition of addict

addicted; addicting; addicts
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)

Recent Examples of addict from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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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addict

noun ad·dict \ ˈa-(ˌ)dikt \

Definition of addict

1 : one who is addicted especially to a substance
  • a heroin addict
2 : devotee
  • a detective novel addict

Examples of addict in a Sentence

  1. an inspiring story about addicts who seek help and manage to kick their habit

  2. science-fiction addicts who eagerly await each new installment in the series

Recent Examples of addict from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of addict

derivative of 1addict

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ADDICT Defined for English Language Learners

addict

Definition of addict for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

addict

noun ad·dict \ ˈa-ˌdikt \

Definition of addict for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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addict

transitive verb ad·dict \ ə-ˈdikt \

medical Definition of addict

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

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addict

noun ad·dict \ ˈad-(ˌ)ikt \

medical Definition of addict

: one who is addicted to a substance

Law Dictionary

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addict

transitive verb ad·dict \ ə-ˈdikt \

legal Definition of addict

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

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addict

noun ad·dict \ ˈa-dikt \

legal Definition of addict

: one who is addicted to a drug


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