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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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 Sheen has been open about his history with drug addiction. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Charlie Sheen Passes Out Drugs in Lil Pump's New 'Drug Addict' Music Video," 6 July 2018 His grandson has struggled with drug addiction for much of his life. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "83-year-old veteran bought house for grandson, who struggled with drugs: 'I was scammed'," 28 June 2018 STDs may also be more prevalent among vulnerable communities with low incomes, drug addiction problems, or mental illness. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "STD Cases Just Reached a Record High in California. Here's What You Need to Know," 15 May 2018 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

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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

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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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