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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In a survey of 1,137 people conducted in March, cellular signal booster company SureCall found that people are really, really addicted to their phones. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Said It's Going to Help Us With Our Phone Addiction. This Study Indicates That's Probably a Good Thing," 6 June 2018 And as long as Trump remains addicted to Fox News, America will remain bedeviled by a president who caters to a small minority of extremists. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Trump, Fox News, and the Mainstreaming of White Nationalism," 19 Jan. 2018 Amanda became addicted to opioids after having back surgery at the age of 20. Sarah Gad, Marie Claire, "My Drug Overdose Saved My Life. Now I'm Saving Others.," 15 Mar. 2019 Some spoke about the opioid crisis that has separated students from their drug-addicted parents and harmed their education. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Dozens speak against education bill in West Virginia," 11 Feb. 2019 Democrats were evil in my eyes, supporters of the grisly dismemberment of babies in the womb, controlling the poor by getting them addicted to government handouts, and promoting communist ideals. Cindy Mallette, Vox, "In a year of hyperpartisanship, I did the unthinkable — I changed my mind about politics.," 20 Dec. 2018 Ethan Miller/Getty Images The great majority of these people will not become addicted to video games. German Lopez, Vox, "Video game addiction is real, rare, and poorly understood," 6 Dec. 2018 End-stage cancer patients and the elderly don't have long enough to live to become addicted and are suffering needlessly because of the law, Schatman says. Josephine Chu, USA TODAY, "Chronic pain patients, overlooked in opioid crisis, getting new attention from top at FDA," 2 July 2018 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

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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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