ad·​dict·​ed | \ ə-ˈdik-təd How to pronounce addicted (audio) \

Definition of addicted

: having an addiction:
a : exhibiting a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity addicted to heroin/alcohol/gambling addicted smokers
b : strongly inclined to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly I'm addicted to great tomatoes, so I started two French varieties from seed and gave fully a third of my garden to them.— Chris Jerome Like Sherlock Holmes, Maigret is perceived by addicted readers as a historical figure rather than a creature of fiction …— Mavis Gallant

Examples of addicted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cruzado became addicted to heroin and also sold drugs. Globe Staff,, "He stole a car and was sentenced to life in prison under the state’s ‘three strikes’ law," 2 Mar. 2021 But many become addicted to the drugs that are often intended for short-term use following surgeries. Matt Delong, Star Tribune, "TALKERS021521," 15 Feb. 2021 But many become addicted to the drugs that are usually intended for short-term use following surgeries. Arkansas Online, "Doctors who say no to opioid use face threats from patients," 14 Feb. 2021 Most children and teens who play video games do not become addicted or have other problems. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "How much gaming is too much during COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s what a pediatrician says about increased screen time," 23 Dec. 2020 The pain is so hard, so difficult that a lot of families just want to dislocate themselves from the person that’s addicted. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, "Documentary 'Macho: The Hector Camacho Story' shows peaks of fame and perils of addiction," 4 Dec. 2020 Such renovations need to be done before the diversion center (where mentally ill or addicted crime suspects could receive treatment instead of being jailed) opens in the first three months of 2021. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County considers helping restaurants, cities, food bank with leftover coronavirus aid," 1 Dec. 2020 Dexter battled injuries throughout his playing career and became addicted to opiates in the process. Luke Johnson,, "How Taysom Hill's hometown of Pocatello, Idaho defined him and led him to New Orleans," 28 Nov. 2020 Manet became addicted to ergot, a derivative of a rye fungus, which had been prescribed as a vasoconstrictor. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Suffering, Unfaltering Manet," 17 Nov. 2020

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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 2

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5 Mar 2021

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“Addicted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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