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

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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 Castro's mother was a single parent and a drug addict. Fox News, "This is the success story Dana Perino just had to tell," 26 Jan. 2020 The report states the driver had been a drug addict for 20 years and had prior legal trouble. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Seattle man kills himself after officer falsely says he critically injured woman in crash," 11 Jan. 2020 In the 2012-set thriller Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler stars as Howard Ratner, a jeweler who also happens to be a gambling addict desperately trying to pay off his mounting debts. Time, "'This Is What Most People Go Through Here on the Block.' The Jewelers of the Diamond District on What's Real and What's Fiction in Uncut Gems," 8 Jan. 2020 Does anyone realize that character was a depraved drug addict? Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Raiders," 29 Dec. 2019 Gabrielle Hesse, described by authorities as a heroin addict, had stolen his father’s wallet at one point, and removed a safe from his home when his father was killed, according to an arrest warrant. David Owens, courant.com, "East Windsor man charged with stabbing father to death tries to escape from custody," 3 Dec. 2019 Her mother was a drug addict who provided food and shelter, but amid the chaos of her own life, was ill-equipped to nurture her children. Angela Peterson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I can overcome what I've been through': A Milwaukee survivor of childhood sexual abuse shares her story," 5 Nov. 2019 His parents had been drug addicts at the time of his birth. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, "Journalism That Holds Power to Account," 3 Nov. 2019 Once used as an informal football pitch by locals, the meadow had mostly been frequented by dog walkers and drug addicts since the council, who wanted to sell the land, removed the goalposts. Sam Rigby, Quartz, "The Scottish city trying to make urban living less miserable," 2 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Legions of readers were addicted to her page-turners, which popped up on the market one after another. Helen T. Verongos, New York Times, "Mary Higgins Clark, Best-Selling Queen of Suspense, Dies at 92," 31 Jan. 2020 In October 2016, Morgan was addicted to methamphetamine and was financially dependent on Campbell. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Anniston man sentenced to life in prison for killing boyfriend in Atlanta," 17 Jan. 2020 One of the novel’s main characters is addicted to opium. Washington Post, "Bankruptcy judge thrust into spotlight in Purdue Pharma case," 24 Dec. 2019 Sorrentino was addicted to prescription painkillers for many years, checking into rehab three times between 2012 and 2015. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino celebrates 4 years of sobriety," 6 Dec. 2019 Cara was addicted to opiates and wrote bad checks against her stepfather’s account. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "An inmate’s complaints of multiple sexual assaults at a Connecticut women’s prison led to firings and arrests; now her multi-million dollar lawsuit can proceed to trial," 14 Oct. 2019 She was also addicted to a substance now too legally compromising to name. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Release the Kratom: Inside America's Hottest New Drug Culture," 22 Jan. 2020 One of the novel’s main characters is addicted to opium. BostonGlobe.com, "US Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain of White Plains, N.Y., has a reputation for thorough preparation, deep experience handling big, complicated corporate cases, a sometimes forceful manner from the bench — and a fondness for pop-culture references, some of them of baby boomer vintage.," 26 Dec. 2019 The basketball connection is also significant; Howard is addicted to the sport and also, unfortunately, to betting on it. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Adam Sandler is at his best in ‘Uncut Gems’," 21 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of addict

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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16 Feb 2020

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“Addict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addict. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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addict

noun
How to pronounce addict (audio)

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.

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
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

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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

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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