Definition of addicted 

: having an addiction: such as

a : having a compulsive physiological need for a habit forming substance (such as a drug) addicted to heroin

b : strongly inclined or compelled to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly addicted to chocolate addicted to (watching) soap operas

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The percentage of people who become addicted to marijuana - estimated at about 9 percent of all users, and about 17 percent of those who start in adolescence - also has been stable. Christine Vestal, Anchorage Daily News, "Marijuana addiction is real, and rising," 25 June 2018 Goldin, who had become addicted to heroin in the 1970s and ’80s, was aware of OxyContin’s dangers. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 One was a stellar athlete who became addicted to pain pills after suffering injuries in a car crash. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Tired of going to funerals, this doctor treats addiction with drugs," 21 June 2018 Why should this effect prove so helpful to the depressed, addicted, and anxious? Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Why Psilocybin and LSD Don’t Deserve Their Bad Rap," 14 May 2018 Others are mentally ill and/or addicted to alcohol or drugs and refuse overtures by the city to better their plight. J. Harry Jones,, "What happened to all the homeless in Escondido's Grape Day Park?," 6 May 2018 New poll shows what most Kentucky residents think People addicted to drugs need options, and Gibbons fought the mainstream medical community to provide them, said Wendy Komac, Gibbons' co-founder at Luna Living. Jessie Balmert,, "Doctor calls it a 'fad.' But U.S. Senate candidate says it's addiction treatment," 2 May 2018 Too many of us have bought into the notion that teenagers are passive, addicted to their phones and lacking civic awareness. Laura Mcknight,, "Robber stabs man in chest during struggle over backpack: NOPD," 27 Apr. 2018 Harper is bright and mad and addicted to pills, and gives Gough a chance to dive head-first into another complicated character. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Angels in America is Broadway's Biggest Revival," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of addicted

1546, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for addicted

from past participle of addict entry 1

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ad·​dict·​ed | \ə-ˈdik-təd\

Kids Definition of addicted

1 : unable to stop using a drug addicted to cocaine

2 : having an unusually great need to do or have something He's addicted to playing video games.

Other Words from addicted

addiction \ ə-​ˈdik-​shən \ noun

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