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
He has a drug addiction.
His life has been ruined by heroin addiction.
He devotes his summers to his surfing addiction.
Recent Examples of addiction from the Web
In June, the state received $3.1 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency, to expand long-term treatment for young people struggling with addiction.
This is most people’s impression of the addiction: tawdry, pervy, sad, an excuse for laddish behavior.
Methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone are the three medicines that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat opioid addiction.
FDA has already made some moves to fight opioid addiction.
Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life.
Addiction and hatred are no es bueno for the living.
Some Democrats, such as Senators Bob Casey (Pa.) and Joe Manchin (W.V.), are aggressively pushing the concept that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion must be maintained in order to provide drug-addiction treatment services.
Coffee was pretty much a character on Gilmore Girls, thanks to Luke Danes of Luke's Diner for enabling Lorelai and Rory Gilmore's coffee addiction on the daily.
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ADDICTION Defined for English Language Learners
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 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
Legal Definition of addiction
: compulsive physiological need for a habit-forming drug (as heroin)
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