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

For an individual who is addicted to alcohol, treatment is essential in order to have the best chance of a successful and safe recovery, Barnhart says. Cory Stieg,, "The Problem With Calling Sobriety A "Wellness Trend"," 5 July 2019 Such claims must concern someone who was addicted to alcohol. Marc Freeman,, "Wrongful death lawsuit against Tiger Woods dropped," 24 June 2019 Trinkets follows a group of girls who are addicted to shoplifting. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Who Is “Trinkets” Star Kiana Madeira And Why Does She Look So Familiar?," 17 June 2019 That’s the case for women in Tijuana who are addicted to opioids but don’t access addiction treatment. Denise Davidsonwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In ‘City of Omens,’ author shares women’s tales of survival in Tijuana," 16 June 2019 Hard-edged, cigarette-addicted, quarrelsome, Rosemary could easily be off-putting. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Outside Mullingar’: Mad Cow Theatre visits Irish countryside, with delightful results | Review," 26 June 2019 Others are addicted to smartphone games, gossip, and sanitized news. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China: A Small Bit of Shelter," 9 May 2019 Advocates for the addicted see the needle exchanges as one of several tools to combat the opioid epidemic, which led to an influx of addicted people to Palm Beach County. Lois K. Solomon,, "Needle exchange is new weapon to fight the opioid crisis," 13 June 2019 Indeed, the tobacco industry's entire business model depends on addicting the next generation of tobacco users to its products. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Federal watchdogs warn vaping companies over online marketing practices," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And a shocking 90 percent of addicts will never get help because of obstacles like stigma, cost and access. NBC News, "The biggest medical concern for millennials is ...," 12 July 2019 But the number of heroin addicts reporting methamphetamine as a secondary substance problem has been rising. April Dembosky,, "Meth in the morning, heroin at night: Inside the seesaw struggle of dual addiction," 12 July 2019 The court system changed the bond schedule in 2016 to reduce the amount needed to bail out on most charges and implemented alternative courts for veterans, addicts, repeat DUI offenders and those with mental health needs. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Despite fewer arrests, Arapahoe County jail remains overcrowded. The sheriff has a $462M solution that could mean a tax hike.," 26 June 2019 Dedicated herself to helping drug addicts in general. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Riveting Tales: An Oslo Journal, Part III," 10 June 2019 The few white characters in the movie are drug addicts — or simply jerks. Kristen Page-kirby, Twin Cities, "Sequel to blaxploitation classic ‘Shaft’ shifts gears in the age of Uber," 13 June 2019 Aanchal Anand is a travel addict who has been to more than 50 countries across five continents. Aanchal Anand, National Geographic, "Cathedrals, canals, and cafés: the ultimate St. Petersburg itinerary," 23 May 2019 The special looks at grandparents raising their grandchildren, recovering addicts fighting for custody of their children and the Florida foster care system, which is overburdened. Hal Boedeker,, "'Raising Heroin's Children' debuts on Spectrum News 13," 21 May 2018 Like all opiate addicts, my crippling fear of withdrawal was my guiding force. Nan Goldin, Time, "Nan Goldin: I've Turned My Opioid Addiction Into Activism," 23 Feb. 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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