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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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 The opioid epidemic is a truly massive drug overdose and addiction crisis. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump just signed a bipartisan bill to confront the opioid epidemic," 24 Oct. 2018 Baxley said a key goal of large-scale operations is to take so many dealers off the streets that drug users have nowhere to buy narcotics and seek treatment for addiction. Jonathan Drew, Fox News, "Drug sweep of North Carolina tribal land nets 76 arrests," 27 Sep. 2018 Also this year, Purdue and Richard Sackler obtained a patent for a novel form of the mild opioid buprenorphine that can be used as a treatment for opioid addiction, according to a third report by the FT. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Mega-rich family behind opioid crisis has second, secret opioid company," 10 Sep. 2018 Developed in 1937 as a pain medication, it was first studied as a treatment for heroin addiction in New York City in the 1960s. Michael Botticelli, STAT, "It’s time for methadone to be prescribed as part of primary care," 5 July 2018 Subutex is a form of suboxone, a narcotic that is prescribed as a treatment for opioid addiction but can be misused. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Criminals are trying to get caught so they can smuggle drugs into jail, an Alaska official says," 31 May 2018 Mayor Mark Farrell’s call for a new 10-member team to fan out across San Francisco offering an instant cure for heroin addiction is the latest attempt to deal with the growing problem of people openly shooting drugs. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Mayor Farrell’s plan to get 250 addicts off the street isn’t a cheap fix," 20 May 2018 Naltrexone was initially sold as a daily tablet and marketed as a treatment for heroin addiction and then, later, for alcoholism. Bill Myers, Chicago Reader, "Officials hope much-hyped drug can slow state's opioid crisis, but is it worth the costs?," 16 May 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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adding machine

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19 Mar 2019

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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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