addict

noun
ad·​dict | \ ˈa-(ˌ)dikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \
plural addicts

Definition of addict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one exhibiting a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity a drug addict opioid addicts a gambling addict
2 : one strongly inclined to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly a television addict chocolate addicts

addict

verb
ad·​dict | \ ə-ˈdikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \
addicted; addicting; addicts

Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause addiction in (someone) addicts … find it convenient to addict several other persons— D. W. Maurer and V. H. Vogel Hard-core fitness freaks are addicting themselves to all manner of hybrid mind/body activities …— Rick Marin et al. — see also addicted, addicting

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Synonyms & Antonyms for addict

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of addict in a Sentence

Noun an inspiring story about addicts who seek help and manage to kick their habit science-fiction addicts who eagerly await each new installment in the series
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An alley of that road at Polk Street, like parts of Eddy Street and other nettlesome tent haunts, regularly gets cleared and then repopulates with hard-core drug addicts within a day. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s new plan on Tenderloin homeless crisis confronts staggering numbers: 285% jump in tents," 6 May 2020 The rehab was crowded with crack addicts, some of them felons. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of Dying," 16 Dec. 2019 However, other drugs carry much higher risks, with cocaine addicts 15 times more likely and prescription opioid addicts 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin. BostonGlobe.com, "Janis should know: Not only is she a psychiatrist, but she is also the medical director for the Minnesota-based medicinal cannabis firm, LeafLine Labs.," 25 Nov. 2019 Their mission leads to the typically disturbing hijinks: an orgy with heroin addicts, a pair of renters who grill cheese on the radiators, and a bizarre effort to break up a couple mourning the loss of their son. Travis M. Andrews, Houston Chronicle, "‘Sunny in Philadelphia’ survives #cancelculture to last 14 seasons," 27 Sep. 2019 Their mission leads to the typically disturbing hijinks: an orgy with heroin addicts, a pair of renters who grill cheese on the radiators, and a bizarre effort to break up a couple mourning the loss of their son. Washington Post, "In its record 14 seasons, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ has dodged cancel culture, controversy — and Emmys," 26 Sep. 2019 But as prescription rates started falling, death rates actually rose, with more addicts using deadlier illicit versions of opioids. CBS News, "What lies ahead following the Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson ruling," 27 Aug. 2019 What surprised you after spending all this time with addicts, dealers, and families? Hope Reese, Vox, "The author of Dopesick on how we’re still failing opioid users," 14 Aug. 2018 And with addicts chasing meth, dealers are chasing cash. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Meth, deadlier than ever, could be the 'next phase of drug epidemic'," 3 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Miranda, by then, was moved out of the little cape and the rumor about town was that she was addicted to drugs and living in Newark, under the bridge. Lisa Taddeo, Harper's Magazine, "Padua, 1966," 30 Mar. 2020 After so many experiments, the Iowa Gambling Task’s outcomes are pretty well understood for some groups, like people with otherwise healthy brains who aren’t addicted to drugs or—just guessing—gambling. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Quantum Mechanics Explains Why You Do Dumb Things," 29 Jan. 2020 There are people who are addicted, in desperate need of treatment, who are stuck in prisons and jails. The New Yorker, "Cory Booker Considers His Presidential Prospects," 28 Sep. 2019 The woman said the man had been addicted to pills in the past and had served prison time related to his addiction. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Man, woman with grab bags of drugs lead Berea police on high-speed chase," 23 Apr. 2020 Play this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted! Houston Chronicle, "These are the most venomous animals in Texas," 13 Feb. 2020 Running list of the orders signed by former Kentucky governor The law requires two independent health evaluations that find that the patient is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky father takes son to court: 'It had to be done or we would have lost our son'," 19 Dec. 2019 Most prescribers knew if their patients were addicted but would keep ordering them more pills, finding that preferable to the patients seeking street drugs, Howard said. oregonlive.com, "Oregon pharmacists sold millions of opioid pills, say they felt powerless to say no," 16 Aug. 2019 What keeps changing – at a pace the criminal justice system always seems to lag behind – is the substances people are addicted to. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Kentucky, all sides agree on need for criminal justice reform. But how?," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of addict

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for addict

Noun

derivative of addict entry 2

Verb

earlier, "to give over, surrender, apply or devote (oneself) habitually," borrowed from Latin addictus, past participle of addīcere "to assign (property), make over, hand over, surrender," from ad- ad- + dīcere "to speak, say" — more at diction

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The first known use of addict was in 1612

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7 Jun 2020

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“Addict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addict. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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addict

noun
How to pronounce addict (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of addict

: a person who is not able to stop taking drugs : a person who is addicted to drugs
informal : a person who likes or enjoys something very much and spends a large amount of time doing it, watching it, etc.

addict

noun
ad·​dict | \ ˈa-ˌdikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

Kids Definition of addict

1 : a person who is not able to stop taking drugs a heroin addict
2 : a person who likes or enjoys something excessively a chocolate addict
ad·​dict | \ ə-ˈdikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

Medical Definition of addict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause addiction in (someone)

addict

noun
ad·​dict | \ ˈad-(ˌ)ikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

Medical Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

: one exhibiting a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity a drug addict opioid addicts a gambling addict

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ad·​dict | \ ə-ˈdikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

Legal Definition of addict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (a person) to become physiologically dependent upon a drug

addict

noun
ad·​dict | \ ˈa-dikt How to pronounce addict (audio) \

Legal Definition of addict (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is addicted to a drug

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