drug

noun
\ ˈdrəg How to pronounce drug (audio) \

Definition of drug

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

verb
drugged; drugging

Definition of drug (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to affect with a drug (see drug entry 1) especially : to stupefy by a narcotic drug looks like he's been drugged
2 : to administer a drug to drugged against pain
3 : to lull or stupefy as if with a drug the kind of overly familiar music that delights most audiences and drugs most criticsTime

intransitive verb

: to take drugs for narcotic effect

drug

Definition of drug (Entry 3 of 3)

dialectal past tense of drag

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Other Words from drug

Noun

druggy or less commonly druggie \ ˈdrə-​gē How to pronounce druggie (audio) \ adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Smaller profit from the sale of generic drugs is squeezing the two biggest U.S. pharmacy chains, with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. joining rival CVS Health Corp. in lowering earnings goals for the year. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Generic-Drug Trends Squeeze Walgreens Profit," 2 Apr. 2019 But all signs—from the false diagnoses and nonsensical list of drugs to the manipulative behavior—point to FDIA. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "How True Is 'The Act'? The Hulu Series' Backstory Is Chilling," 20 Mar. 2019 One narcotic smuggler, however, shipped a large number of bales of merchandise bearing a low rate of duty, with a supply of drugs concealed in each. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 2019 What if one party is under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Daisy Melamed Sanders, Seventeen, "5 Things You Definitely Don't Learn in Sex Ed," 11 Jan. 2019 One of my favorites was with author Michael Pollan about his fascinating new book on the science of psychedelic drugs. Sean Illing, Vox, "Here are the 5 most interesting conversations I had in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Streptomyces are soil bacteria that are a veritable storehouse of drugs. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Bacteria engage in chemical warfare against viruses," 5 Dec. 2018 Before the drugs hit, Penelope and Darrell (both gamemasters) realize that neither one of them set up the ascension party. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Someone Died in the Riverdale Flashback Episode and I Need to Talk About It ASAP," 8 Nov. 2018 Williams passed away on January 1, 1953 from a heart attack thought to be caused by a toxic combination of drugs five days after the birth of his daughter, Jett. Fox News, "9 of country music's most shocking moments," 4 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

He was accused of drugging and violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Michael R. Sisak And Claudia Lauer, chicagotribune.com, "Bill Cosby found guilty on all 3 counts in sexual assault retrial," 26 Apr. 2018 Now the 81-year-old once-revered comedian is set to be sentenced this week for drugging and molesting Constand, a former Temple University employee, in his Philadelphia home in 2004. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault: A look at the case," 25 Sep. 2018 Cosby has been on house arrest at his home in Cheltenham since a Montgomery County jury found the 80-year-old guilty of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand. Laura Mccrystal, Philly.com, "Bill Cosby parts ways with lawyers as sentencing looms," 14 June 2018 Thursday's verdict was in favor of former Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand, 45, who charged that Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 2004 at his home outside Philadelphia. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Bill Cosby's third act: A guilty verdict for sexual assault," 27 Apr. 2018 Denver The Kavanaugh hearings painfully reminded me of the time I was drugged and molested during college in the 1970s. WSJ, "Let’s Learn From the Kavanaugh Imbroglio," 9 Oct. 2018 Baylor University has settled a federal Title IX lawsuit brought by a former volleyball player who alleged that she was drugged and gang raped by at least four football players in 2012. BostonGlobe.com, "Knee surgery scheduled for Lonzo Ball," 14 July 2018 Police say one of the men kidnapped the girl from the field and dragged her to a small shrine, where she was drugged and locked up for at least four days, and repeatedly gang-raped. Annie Gowen, chicagotribune.com, "8-year-old girl's gang rape and murder triggers new outrage over India's rape culture," 19 Apr. 2018 One woman, Tchiya Amet, says that Tyson drugged and raped her when the two were students at the University of Texas Austin. Anna North, Vox, "Fox and National Geographic are investigating Neil deGrasse Tyson after sexual misconduct allegations," 2 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of drug

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for drug

Noun and Verb

Middle English drogge

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drug

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drug

: to give a drug to (a person or animal) in order to make that person or animal very sleepy or unconscious
: to add a drug to (a food or drink) in order to make someone sleepy or unconscious

drug

noun
\ ˈdrəg How to pronounce drug (audio) \

Kids Definition of drug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a substance used as a medicine or in making medicines
2 : a substance (as cocaine) that may harm or addict a user

drug

verb
drugged; drugging

Kids Definition of drug (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to poison with or as if with a drug
2 : to make sleepy or unconscious with drugs

drug

noun
\ ˈdrəg How to pronounce drug (audio) \

Medical Definition of drug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

verb
drugged; drugging

Medical Definition of drug (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to affect with a drug especially : to stupefy by a narcotic drug
2 : to administer a drug to

intransitive verb

: to take drugs for narcotic effect

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