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 California parents whose children become addicted to social media apps would be able to sue for damages under a bill advanced Tuesday in the state Assembly by a bipartisan pair of lawmakers. Brian Contreras, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 The idea of Joe as an exploiter and animal abuser gets lost in the idea of Joe as a repressed man who briefly finds his own voice, only to become addicted to being needed. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Mar. 2022 Floyd's girlfriend Courteney Ross told jurors last week the two both became addicted to opioids four years ago after they were prescribed the drugs for chronic pain. Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2021 The selling of organs is a drug to which the Chinese health system has become addicted. John Rossomando, National Review, 11 Feb. 2022 Purdue Pharma and some other pharmaceutical companies spent much of the ’90s and 2000s using deceptive marketing techniques to get doctors to overprescribe certain opioids, leading some patients to become addicted. Abdullah Shihipar, The Atlantic, 14 Jan. 2022 About one in six teens who use marijuana regularly become addicted, the CDC stated. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 25 Oct. 2021 That compared with about one in five who use cocaine and wind up hooked, and nearly 68% of people who use nicotine and become addicted. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 11 July 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in 10 marijuana users will become addicted. Alex Williams, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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“Addicted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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