drug

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noun

plural drugs
1
a
: a substance used as a medication or in the preparation of medication
b according to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
(1)
: a substance recognized in an official pharmacopoeia or formulary (see formulary sense 3)
(2)
: a substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease
prescription drugs
drugs for treating high blood pressure
(3)
: a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body
(4)
: a substance intended for use as a component of a medicine but not a device or a component, part, or accessory of a device
2
: something and often an illegal substance that causes addiction, habituation (see habituation sense 2b), or a marked change in consciousness
keeping teens off drugs
heroin and other hard drugs
3
: a commodity that is not salable or for which there is no demand (see demand entry 1 sense 3a)
used in the phrase drug on the market
4
obsolete : a substance used in dyeing or chemical operations

drug

2 of 3

verb

drugged; drugging; drugs

transitive verb

1
: to affect (a person or animal) with a drug (see drug entry 1)
especially : to stupefy (someone) by an intoxicating drug
looks like he's been drugged
2
: to administer a drug to (a person or animal)
drugged against pain
3
: to lull or stupefy (someone) as if with a drug
… the kind of overly familiar music that delights most audiences and drugs most criticsTime
4
: to add an illicit or intoxicating drug to (food or drink) usually surreptitiously
There's also very little violence in the movie. … The kidnapping is done by drugging the victim's drink.Drew Zahn

intransitive verb

: to take drugs especially for the intoxicating effect

drug

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dialectal past tense of drag

Examples of drug in a Sentence

Noun a new drug used to treat people with high blood pressure an experimental drug for the treatment of AIDS Have you ever taken any illegal drugs? I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs. Verb He looks like he's been drugged. Someone could have drugged your drink.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Zeta also reported that the police officers who stole the drugs colluded with members of the Arellano Félix cell. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2024 Patients taking the drugs should report any mental health or other problems to their health care providers, officials said. Jonel Aleccia, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2024 Records show police arrested the same man five days later on a drug charge stemming from an undercover operation a few blocks from where the package theft had occurred. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2024 And then getting in to see a neurologist who prescribes the drug can take months. Tom Murphy, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2024 The most remarkable thing about the drugs is their ability to, in some cases, reverse late-stage cancers. Yuki Noguchi, NPR, 12 Apr. 2024 Sammarco warned that these combinations of drugs put users at a higher risk of overdose. The Enquirer, 12 Apr. 2024 A lot of drug stores and health-food stores carry pure aloe vera gel. Cathy Wong, Verywell Health, 12 Apr. 2024 Criminologist John Fitzgerald from the University of Melbourne said the surge may have been caused by a drug dump, with supplies from North American drug cartels to Europe hamstrung by Russia’s war in Ukraine and other factors. Chris Lau, CNN, 11 Apr. 2024
Verb
Among the various allegations put forward are reports of drugging and fascist group chats, slave labour and foot photograph farms, with the brand’s impenitent founder Stephan Marsan at its centre. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2024 Joi Dickerson-Neal accused Combs in a suit of drugging and raping her in 1991, recording the attack and then distributing the footage without her consent. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024 In an essay in 2020, Duffy wrote that she was drugged at a restaurant on her birthday and taken to a foreign country. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 28 Mar. 2024 Jimmy Jenkins More than a dozen people have filed a lawsuit claiming they were collectively bilked out of more than $1 million after they were drugged at East Valley strip clubs. The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2024 Joi Dickerson-Neal accused Combs in a lawsuit of drugging and raping her in 1991, recording the attack and then distributing the footage without her consent. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 During a crucial scene, Snoop is catatonic, tongue lolling out in distress after being drugged. Courtney Howard, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 Embattled director Roman Polanski has been sued in a lawsuit accusing him of drugging and raping a minor in 1973. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2024 That includes free tests – that come in the shape of cards – to test if your drink was drugged or spiked, and there will be more lifeguards and jet ski patrols on the beaches, as well as accessible Narcan – an opioid-overdose antidote – in each hotel and by lifeguards on the beach. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Middle English drogge

First Known Use

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1667, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of drug was in 1611

Dictionary Entries Near drug

Cite this Entry

“Drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drug. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

drug

1 of 2 noun
1
: a substance used as a medicine or in making medicines
2
: something for which there is no demand
used in the phrase drug on the market
3
: a usually illegal substance (as heroin, LSD, or cocaine) that affects bodily activities often in a harmful way and is taken for other than medical reasons

drug

2 of 2 verb
drugged; drugging
1
: to affect or treat with a drug
especially : to make dull or numb by a narcotic drug
2
: to lull or make dull or numb as if with a drug

Medical Definition

drug

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a substance used as a medication or in the preparation of medication
b according to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
(1)
: a substance recognized in an official pharmacopoeia or formulary
(2)
: a substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease
(3)
: a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body
(4)
: a substance intended for use as a component of a medicine but not a device or a component, part, or accessory of a device
2
: something and often an illicit substance that causes addiction, habituation, or a marked change in consciousness

drug

2 of 2 verb
drugged; drugging

transitive verb

1
: to affect (a person or animal) with a drug (see drug entry 1)
especially : to stupefy (someone) by an intoxicating drug
2
: to administer a drug to (a person or animal)

intransitive verb

: to take drugs especially for the intoxicating effect

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