addiction

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

Definition of addiction

1 : a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence : the state of being addicted alcohol addiction an addiction to prescription painkillers drug addictions gambling addiction
2 : a strong inclination to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly But those who know him well say he isn't driven by politics as much as his addiction to breaking news.— Amanda Ripley If we do not find the courage to kick our fossil fuel addiction and transition to clean energy, we will warm the atmosphere to the extent that areas typically covered in white all winter long could see only sporadic snow.— Steven Nyman

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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 Boutros said MetroHealth chose to expand in Cleveland Heights because the health system recognized that East Side residents have less access to behavioral health and addiction services than their West Side counterparts. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "MetroHealth expansion will add 110 treatment beds for behavioral health, addiction services in Cleveland Heights," 20 Nov. 2020 Ramstad took from anyone who reached out for help breaking out of chemical addiction. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Former Minnesota Rep. Jim Ramstad, who championed addiction treatment, dies of Parkinson's," 7 Nov. 2020 Allen wants to fund and install new fare gates and hopes to beef up partnerships with counties to provide social services to riders who are homeless or struggle with mental health or addiction. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Incumbents hold on to their seats in BART races," 3 Nov. 2020 The kids are often the true victims of an addiction. Dallas News, "Estate planning around an addict: Helping without enabling a family member in need," 1 Nov. 2020 Oregon ranks near the bottom of nearly every mental health and addiction treatment metric. Melissa Lewis, oregonlive, "Booking homeless Portlanders into jail is endless, expensive cycle that arrests don’t curb, but housing does," 25 Oct. 2020 The increase in the number of individuals with mental health and addiction issues is another major issue. Ben Leonard, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "In race for Carroll County Circuit Court judge, Morton and Titus differ on criminal justice reform, addiction," 16 Oct. 2020 In the past year, the 34-year-old has done presentations on the topics for community leaders and the division of mental health and addiction of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Natalia E. Contreras, The Indianapolis Star, "Carolina Castoreno-Santana advocates for inclusive health, recovery options for Native people," 15 Oct. 2020 This doesn’t bode well for a new wave of mental health and addiction concerns ushered in by the pandemic. Darrell Steinberg, STAT, "New California law should serve as a national model for mental health care reform," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of addiction

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for addiction

earlier, "inclination, bent," in part derivative of addict entry 2, 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 2

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The first known use of addiction was circa 1532

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25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Addiction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addiction. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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addiction

noun
How to pronounce addiction (audio)

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

: a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence : the state of being addicted alcohol addiction an addiction to prescription painkillers drug addictions gambling addiction/it}

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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