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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

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Recent Examples on the Web Studies have found that from about 8% to up to 25% of pain patients on opioids become addicted. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Faced with prescriber fears of OxyContin misuse, Purdue sales reps misleadingly played up drug’s safety, documents show," 9 Jan. 2020 At the height of the opioid epidemic, thousands of addicted people flooded into Palm Beach County. Brooke Baitinger,, "Fentanyl kills more people in Palm Beach County than anywhere in Florida, report says," 14 Nov. 2019 His mother was addicted to drugs, mired in her own problems and neglecting her son. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "'I'm one of those kids': New head of state child welfare agency relates to kids in care," 21 Jan. 2020 Even people who don’t consider themselves anywhere near addicted are beginning to question our culture’s deeply ingrained script on alcohol. Maggie Bullock, Marie Claire, "Inside the New Sobriety Movement," 6 Dec. 2019 For now, however, Cox and the state GOP seem as cozy with the DeVos family—and as addicted to their money—as ever. Jennifer C. Berkshire, The New Republic, "Could Betsy DeVos Cost Trump the Election?," 22 Oct. 2019 Adam Devine stars as a man addicted to his smartphone whose Siri-like life coach named Jexi becomes overbearing. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, "‘Joker’ maintains box office dominance while ‘The Addams Family’ opens strong," 13 Oct. 2019 And sober working people making $50,000 a year may be skeptical of a system in which a vice president’s addicted son reportedly collected that sum every month. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: The Hunter Biden story is a troubling tale of privilege," 8 Oct. 2019 Michael is potty-mouthed, a seemingly endless consumer of junk food and addicted to violent video games. The Economist, "Youth and age collide in Emma Donoghue’s new novel," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of addicted was in 1546

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17 Feb 2020

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“Addicted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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