addiction

noun
ad·​dic·​tion | \ ə-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce addiction (audio) , a-\

Definition of addiction

1 : the quality or state of being addicted addiction to reading
2 : compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (such as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful

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Synonyms for addiction

Synonyms

dependence (also dependance), habit, jones [slang], monkey

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Examples of addiction in a Sentence

He has a drug addiction. His life has been ruined by heroin addiction. He devotes his summers to his surfing addiction.
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After graduating from Mukwonago High School, Sunde moved around a lot and struggled with addiction, according to people who knew her. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This is live... He is going to blow my brains out.' How the I-94 standoff played out on Facebook Live," 6 June 2019 Some students come from healthy family environments, but some come from broken homes with other family members struggling with addiction, Durchslag said. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "At this Minneapolis high school graduation, U.S. drug czar heralds ‘the power of recovery’," 5 June 2019 That change was a recognition that newborns of mothers grappling with addiction are at elevated risk of abuse and neglect. Marie Mccullough, https://www.inquirer.com, "White infants in rural Pennsylvania especially hard hit by opioid crisis, data suggest," 4 June 2019 She's had a long, difficult history with addiction but had been sober for six years until this latest relapse. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato Shows Fans How She's Fighting for Recovery With a Jiu-Jistsu Selfie," 5 Dec. 2018 Both addictions served the same function: to keep her distracted, 24/7. Allure, "Your Guide to Microdosing for Anxiety and Depression," 19 Apr. 2019 The 63-year-old talk show star had been struggling with a heroin addiction throughout her teen years, which ultimately led to her reaching out to Alvin (the pair ended up splitting in 1979). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Whoopi Goldberg and Her Daughter Alex Martin Have Been Through So Much Together," 6 Mar. 2019 But that could change, said Sarah Wakeman, an addiction medicine doctor and medical director at the Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump’s health secretary says the opioid epidemic may be turning around. Not so fast.," 24 Oct. 2018 The singer has been refreshingly open about her longtime struggle with drug addiction. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato Reportedly Overdosed on Heroin and Has Been Rushed to the Hospital," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of addiction

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for addiction

earlier, "inclination, bent," in part derivative of addict entry 1, in part borrowed from Latin addictiōn-, addictiō "adjudging (of disputed property), assignment of a debtor to the custody of his creditor," from addīcere "to assign (property), hand over, give up to" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at addict entry 1

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addicted

addicting

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addictive

add-in

adding machine

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The first known use of addiction was circa 1532

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addiction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of addiction

: a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)
: an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something

addiction

noun
ad·​dic·​tion | \ ə-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce addiction (audio) \

Medical Definition of addiction

: compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be physically, psychologically, or socially harmful — compare habituation

addiction

noun
ad·​dic·​tion | \ ə-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce addiction (audio) \

Legal Definition of addiction

: compulsive physiological need for a habit-forming drug (as heroin)

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