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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Supervisor Malia Cohen, the sponsor of the initial legislation, said the ban was a way to keep kids from becoming addicted to nicotine. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco ban on flavored tobacco, education parcel tax ahead in early vote returns," 5 June 2018 So what percentage of the people with fresh needle marks is addicted to heroin? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Fixed mindsets” might be why we don’t understand statistics," 14 Oct. 2018 Also in 2017, the Radiological Society of North America announced a study that found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the Internet. Edward Guthmann,, "Dan Hoyle takes on the digital world in ‘Each and Every Thing’," 10 July 2018 Now, the World Health Organization is saying players can actually become addicted. New York Times, "Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor’s Office," 17 June 2018 The mother was addicted to crack cocaine, had interactions with the state's Department of Family and Protective Services since 1985 and had other children removed from her care before the latest case, the opinion said. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "Devonte Hart's aunt fought -- and lost -- battle for custody, court records show," 12 Apr. 2018 Synan said the county needs more state and federal funding to address issues such as treatment needs for those addicted and to free up jails so that traffickers can remain behind bars. Terry Demio,, "Hamilton County sees 31 percent jump in OD deaths for new record," 20 Mar. 2018 Now, parents and medical professionals are struggling to help addicted adolescents kick the habit. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Teen Vaping Has Created Addicts With Few Treatment Options," 18 Dec. 2018 So, Juul will continue to walk the line between promoting their product to help cigarette smokers and selling it to the already addicted youth. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Everything You Need To Know About the Juul Flavor Ban," 15 Nov. 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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