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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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 There's a two-step process to becoming addicted to eyeshadow. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "8 Eyeshadow Colors Everyone Will Be Wearing This Summer," 6 June 2019 The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a controversial law Tuesday that will allow the city to force about five people who are severely mentally ill and addicted to drugs into inpatient treatment. Trisha Thadani,, "SF supervisors tepidly support tiny expansion of forced treatment for mentally ill," 4 June 2019 People addicted to opioids sometimes get the drugs from the medicine cabinets of families and friends without them knowing. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "CVS to place opioid disposal containers in its stores," 12 July 2018 People addicted to cocaine are generally offered counseling services or cognitive behavioral therapy, according to Ersche. Rory Smith, CNN, "Rising cocaine purity and availability fueling addictions in Europe," 7 June 2018 Their reason was simple: The city has access to extensive resources to treat people addicted to drugs. Washington Post, "City closes encampments filled by people addicted to heroin," 30 May 2018 Safe Passages encourages people addicted to opiates to get help by simply walking in the front door of the local police station and asking for assistance. Rich Heileman,, "Kinsey calls "-30-" ending a distinguished journalism career: Around The Town," 19 Jan. 2018 This is what the opioid crisis looks like in West Virginia: people addicted to pain pills lining up on foot and in cars at a small-town drug store to get their prescriptions filled. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, "DEA targets drug wholesalers to stem opioid epidemic," 25 May 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of addicted

: unable to stop using a harmful substance (such as a drug)
: unable to stop doing something that is harmful
: having an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something


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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