addiction

noun ad·dic·tion \ ə-ˈdik-shən , a- \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

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

Examples of addiction in a Sentence

  1. He has a drug addiction.

  2. His life has been ruined by heroin addiction.

  3. He devotes his summers to his surfing addiction.

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Origin and Etymology of addiction

earlier, "inclination, bent," in part derivative of 1addict, 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 1addict

addiction Synonyms

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ADDICTION Defined for English Language Learners

addiction

noun

Definition of addiction for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

addiction

noun ad·dic·tion \ ə-ˈdik-shən \

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

Law Dictionary

addiction

noun ad·dic·tion \ ə-ˈdik-shən \

legal Definition of addiction

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


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