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 The college dropout, former restaurant dishwasher, and heroin addict had one constant in his life prior to fame: his high-school sweetheart, Nancy Putkoski, who was with him for almost 30 years. Lisa Liebman, Vulture, 19 July 2021 The various iterations of her boyfriend, Gavin, are especially amusing: sometimes bearded, sometimes not; sometimes a gourmet chef, other times a Grubhub addict; now faithful, now a cheater. Washington Post, 17 July 2021 Her awkward teenage brother, Quinn (Fred Hechinger), is the kind of screen addict who swims with his Switch. Darren Franich, EW.com, 7 July 2021 Denton is a former meth and heroin addict who spent years homeless in Las Vegas. Anchorage Daily News, 6 July 2021 Here no one is armed, or a drug addict or drug trafficker. ... Diane Jeantet, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 Being with an addict, I’ve been trained to know when something’s not right. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 2 June 2021 In an impassioned address, Bonin described his own history as a recovering addict who at one point did not have a home, living instead in his car, on friends’ couches and, on a few nights, on the beach. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 Young recovering addict Oliver Park cheats on his older partner, D.C. surgeon Nathan Klein, and pays a woefully heavy price. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the U.S. tobacco market, has long aimed to crack down on menthol products, which disproportionately addict black people. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 21 Apr. 2021 Big Tobacco conspired for years to addict teens and target minorities, even the executives knew of the deadly costs to smokers, those around them and society. Star Tribune, 20 Mar. 2021 Legislators passed the law last year, citing concerns that tobacco companies are using sweet flavors to addict youths. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, 22 Jan. 2021 First, the platforms' business models — originally designed to manipulate and addict — are the very reason that disinformation goes viral in the first place. Sally Hubbard For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 28 Oct. 2020 Perpetual connectivity has led to a plethora of early social media apps that are designed to addict and distract us. Padmasree Warrior, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2020 His research indicates that for the technology or digital media addict the dopamine release in the brain is similar to that of drugs and alcohol. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 29 Jan. 2020

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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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“Addict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addict. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for addict

addict

noun

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

addict

transitive verb
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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addict

transitive verb
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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