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

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


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

But helping just half the people in the US who are addicted to opioids would translate to potentially hundreds of thousands of lives saved over a decade. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 2018 One lawyer is suing on behalf of children born to mothers who were addicted to opioids. Katie Zezima, Anchorage Daily News, "An epic battle over the opioid crisis moves to an Ohio courtroom," 8 Apr. 2018 One lawyer is suing on behalf of children born to mothers who were addicted to opioids. Katie Zezima,, "Epic opioid battle heads to Ohio courtroom," 7 Apr. 2018 Her older brother, who was also addicted to drugs, is in prison for robbery and other crimes. San Francisco Chronicle, "Breed was suddenly running San Francisco.," 6 Apr. 2018 They were addicted to drugs or alcohol, grew up in dysfunctional families, survived traumas like shootings or abusive relationships. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Students who beat steep odds credit Washington educators who wouldn’t give up on them," 4 Feb. 2019 Longtime regulars are addicted to HiBoy's ridiculously tasty onion rings, thin-cut hoops that are crunchy on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Batter up: Here are 18 KC-area places to get perfect, golden-fried onion rings," 21 June 2018 Purdue contended that those patients were not actually addicted and needed more opioids, not addiction treatment, Herring said. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Va. AG Herring sues Perdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin, blaming it for opioid crisis," 27 June 2018 More: Exclusive: Nearly half of parents worry their child is addicted to mobile devices More: Addicted to your smartphone? Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "No more 'screenagers' — best ways to keep tabs on kids without giving them a smartphone," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Everything is good here, but chocolate addicts will be especially pleased—the Death by Chocolate, Neapolitan, Nutella-style, and Caramel Mocha flavors are positively decadent. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 Fuller House actress Jodie Sweetin was recently awarded the Writers in Treatment’s Experience, Strength and Hope Award for her memoir Unsweetined and her advocacy work for recovering addicts. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Fuller House' Star Jodie Sweetin Shuts Down Instagram Follower Who Mocked Her Sobriety," 4 Mar. 2019 His appearance in a short film supporting a government anti-drugs campaign has sent through the roof the number of calls addicts made to help lines. Hamza Hendawi, The Christian Science Monitor, "How a soccer star gave hope to his Egyptian hometown," 23 May 2018 You are cordially invited to step into the colorful world of Chanel at the new Atelier Beauté Chanel in Soho, a playful, permanent haven for skin-care addicts and makeup junkies to experiment with the brand’s holy grail of products. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Chanel’s New Beauty Atelier Is Made for Experimentation (and Perfect Instagrams)," 25 Jan. 2019 Those in attendance Saturday ranged from politicians, police and health professionals to those living in recovery, addicts and friends and family members of those who died from an overdose. Anna Beahm,, "Victim of Friday afternoon crash in Decatur identified," 24 Feb. 2018 Every time an addict sticks a needle into his arm, everyone makes money. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Drug Money All the Way Down," 22 Feb. 2019 As a dress addict living in a state with seasons, black tights are my lifeline in the winter months, allowing me to wear my beloved limb-bearing pieces year-round. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "My Favorite Black Tights Cost $6... And They're From Walgreens," 19 Dec. 2018 Most frequent fliers were pill poppers, opiate addicts looking to get more pain meds. Wesley Snipes, The Root, "Talon of God," 27 May 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
informal : 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 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
ad·​dict | \ ə-ˈdikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

Medical Definition of addict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Medical Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is addicted to a substance

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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


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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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