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 Dahlin, a 28-year-old recovering addict, is a regular. Anchorage Daily News, "Her addiction landed her in a prison segregation wing. The man she says abused her lives free.," 20 June 2020 In the film, Eliza Scanlen stars as Milla, a teenage girl with a terminal illness, who begins to fall for Moses (Toby Wallace), who besides being older is also a drug addict and petty criminal. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Celebrate with ‘Miss Juneteenth’," 19 June 2020 The story revolves around an American indie filmmaker and recovering drug addict living in Rome with a much younger European wife and their 3-year-old daughter searching for domesticity while fighting old demons. John Benson, cleveland, "U.K. comedy ‘Fisherman’s Friends’, Johnny Cash-related documentary ‘My Darling Vivian’ top streaming movies," 17 June 2020 Dahlin, a 28-year-old recovering addict, is a regular. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "Her Addiction Landed Her in a Prison Segregation Wing. The Man She Says Abused Her Lives Free.," 20 June 2011 The story revolves around an American indie filmmaker and recovering drug addict living in Rome with a much younger European wife and their 3-year-old daughter searching for domesticity while fighting old demons. John Benson, cleveland, "Documentary ‘For They Know Not What They Do’ and horror film ‘The Deeper You Dig’ top this week’s streaming movies at Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque," 10 June 2020 Lisbet Palme was injured in the attack and later identified the shooter as Christer Pettersson, an alcoholic and drug addict, who was convicted of Palme’s murder. Time, "Sweden Drops Investigation Into Unsolved 1986 Murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme," 10 June 2020 Palme's wife, Lisbet, was injured in the attack and later identified the shooter as Christer Pettersson, an alcoholic and drug addict, who was convicted of her husband's murder and died in 2004. NBC News, "Olof Palme: Sweden closes investigation into prime minister's unsolved murder in 1986," 10 June 2020 His story is tied into that of his birth mother Odessa, a recovering addict who runs an online forum for others like herself. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Tempe theater group is doing a free Zoom reading of 'Heidi Chronicles.' Here's how to watch," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Miranda, by then, was moved out of the little cape and the rumor about town was that she was addicted to drugs and living in Newark, under the bridge. Lisa Taddeo, Harper's Magazine, "Padua, 1966," 30 Mar. 2020 After so many experiments, the Iowa Gambling Task’s outcomes are pretty well understood for some groups, like people with otherwise healthy brains who aren’t addicted to drugs or—just guessing—gambling. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Quantum Mechanics Explains Why You Do Dumb Things," 29 Jan. 2020 There are people who are addicted, in desperate need of treatment, who are stuck in prisons and jails. The New Yorker, "Cory Booker Considers His Presidential Prospects," 28 Sep. 2019 The woman said the man had been addicted to pills in the past and had served prison time related to his addiction. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Man, woman with grab bags of drugs lead Berea police on high-speed chase," 23 Apr. 2020 Play this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted! Houston Chronicle, "These are the most venomous animals in Texas," 13 Feb. 2020 Running list of the orders signed by former Kentucky governor The law requires two independent health evaluations that find that the patient is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky father takes son to court: 'It had to be done or we would have lost our son'," 19 Dec. 2019 Most prescribers knew if their patients were addicted but would keep ordering them more pills, finding that preferable to the patients seeking street drugs, Howard said. oregonlive.com, "Oregon pharmacists sold millions of opioid pills, say they felt powerless to say no," 16 Aug. 2019 What keeps changing – at a pace the criminal justice system always seems to lag behind – is the substances people are addicted to. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Kentucky, all sides agree on need for criminal justice reform. But how?," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of addict was in 1612

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1 Jul 2020

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“Addict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addict. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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addict

noun
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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.

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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