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

To date, trials for non-addicting pain relief have been done on monkeys with promising results., "Best to prevent opioids: Letters," 17 May 2018 An indictment alleges Snellgrove kept prescribing fentanyl and other drugs even though Snellgrove knew Roberts had been to rehab and was addicted. NBC News, "Trial begins for physician tied to 3 Doors Down guitarist's death," 11 May 2018 In 2016, Rhode Island launched a program to offer buprenorphine, methadone, and Vivitrol to inmates addicted to opioids, and this spring Vermont enacted a law requiring a similar program. Felice J. Freyer,, "Addicted people often end up in jail. That can be deadly for them," 9 July 2018 The appeal of these products for youth is addicting a new generation of users and undoing progress made by previous tobacco control policies. Brian Jenssen Md,, "The problem with kids and flavored tobacco," 21 June 2018 Cook County’s program reaches only about 1 in 10 detainees who enter the jail addicted to opioids. John Keilman,, "Giving addicted inmates opioid meds behind bars can reduce overdose deaths. Why don't more jails use them?," 6 July 2018 Some of the neural consequences may be the same, too: A 2012 study suggests that the effects of excessive online game-playing on working memory may be similar to those observed in patients addicted to drugs or alcohol. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "World Health Organization says video game addiction is a disease. Why American psychiatrists don’t," 2 July 2018 Yet most of the more than two million people addicted to opioid painkillers, heroin and synthetic fentanyl get no treatment. Abby Goodnough, New York Times, "When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic," 23 June 2018 All drug users need to beware Recreational cocaine users and drug users addicted to methamphetamine shouldn't feel free of the fentanyl threat. Terry Demio,, "Fentanyl deaths up 1,000% since 2013, so much so that even heroin's supply is dwarfed," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At first, Cane and his wife, Camilla, had no idea Bronsted was an addict. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A rare felony charge could help curb Wisconsin's opioid epidemic and property theft," 2 July 2018 The longer, slightly more nuanced version: Juliet is an addict. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Westworld' Just Killed Off a Major Character (Maybe for Real This Time)," 18 June 2018 Cory, the new foster kid, is maybe going to end up with his mother, who is an addict. Rebecca Farley,, "The Fosters Series Finale Part 2 Recap: Never Sign A Pre-Nuptial Agreement," 6 June 2018 Curtain Call: Ostensibly, the show's purpose is to examine what made his brother an addict. Matthew J. Palm,, "Review: Jon Bennett: Fire in the Meth Lab - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 Dobrea said a daughter of a friend had been an addict. Linda G. Kramer,, "BW concert supports police drug program: Community Voices," 29 Jan. 2018 Mother of the Groom Dear Mother: Your daughter is an addict in denial, which is sad for all concerned. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Mom wants to ban alcoholic daughter from son’s reception," 8 July 2018 Several years out of school a child could lose a job, become an addict, go through a divorce or be unable to pay for some other reason, and the parent will be on the hook, Ms. Javice says. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Should a Parent or Student Take Out the College Loan?," 8 July 2018 On Sunday, Councilman Robert E. Cornegy Jr. called on the city to step up enforcement on the retailers believed to be supplying the drug to addicts who fan out into the neighborhood, startling residents with their zombielike appearance. New York Times, "K2 Eyed as Culprit After 14 People Overdose in Brooklyn," 20 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

: 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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