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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Recent Examples on the Web

The show is intended to be a satirical anthology that offers slight (and sly) social commentary in dealing with current issues like social media addiction, online dating, fitness obsession, and even genetic modification. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Dylan O'Brien and Auli'i Cravalho's New Show "Weird City" Has Its First Trailer," 10 Jan. 2019 Fourth place was won by a float entered by Matt's Mission against drug addiction. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Jewett City's Main Street Lights Up The Night For Parade," 16 May 2018 Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz has received the Excellence in Government 2018 Innovation Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research for his leadership in establishing the Operation Angel Program to combat drug addiction in St. Tammany Parish. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz gets BGR award for opioid program," 11 May 2018 Diana suffered from bulimia, and Victoria has spoken honestly in the past about her struggles with anorexia, and her battles with drug and alcohol addiction. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Kitty Spencer Finally Steps Into the Spotlight," 19 Mar. 2019 The first step in conquering an addiction is acceptance, after all. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "The Coop Pillow Has Officially Made Me Addicted To My Bed," 4 Mar. 2019 The vlogging star is quickly taking over the platform with her hilarious down to earth attitude and her signature messy ponytail and caffeine addiction (same). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Emma Chamberlain's Age and Net-Worth is Seriously Unbelievable," 27 Feb. 2019 At prescription heroin sites, people with opioid addictions are directly provided medical-grade heroin. German Lopez, Vox, "A big, new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works," 6 Dec. 2018 Doctors gained an innovative new tool in their fight against the opioid addiction crisis this week. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The FDA Thinks This App Could Help People With Opioid Use Disorder Stay in Recovery," 17 Dec. 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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Dictionary Entries near addiction

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addicted

addicting

addiction

addictive

add-in

adding machine

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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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