drug

noun
\ ˈdrəg How to pronounce drug (audio) \
plural drugs

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Others walking around the open-air drug market paid the scene no mind. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 Nektar had been building a team to start selling and distributing the drug in anticipation of its approval, Mr. Robin said. Joseph Walker, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Overdose deaths are often attributed to more than one drug. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Overdose deaths are often attributed to more than one drug. Mike Stobbe, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2022 As the vicious cycle continues and disinvestment persists, more vacant homes create more opportunities for the drug trade to proliferate, residents said. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 11 May 2022 Overdose deaths are often attributed to more than one drug. Mike Stobbe, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2022 Williams was eventually indicted in DeKalb County on multiple felony drug charges, while Kitchens’ charges were considered misdemeanors. Chelsea Prince, ajc, 11 May 2022 Detective Thomas Strode of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department accused Clark and others of conducting drug sales and storing weapons and narcotics in homes on California Avenue. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Linda Joy Traitz, a former waitress at a restaurant owned in part by Cosby, wrote a long Facebook post accusing him of trying to drug her in the early '70s. Chris Francescani, ABC News, 30 June 2021 Huntsville police drug their feet in working with the committee. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, 28 Apr. 2021 One chapter was about a profoundly disabled man who tried and then tried again to starve himself to death—until finally, at his rabid insistence, his mother agreed to drug him and hold a plastic bag over his head. Katie Engelhart, The Atlantic, 2 Mar. 2021 The famed comedian’s first trial, on charges of drugging and assaulting one woman, ended with a hung jury in June 2017. Deanna Paul, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2020 Another consultant delivered similar findings in early 2013, although his credibility was undermined when he was accused of drugging and assaulting several women in Portland. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2020 Shortly after Garrison left the company, an employee named Mary Ann Olszewski sued Bloomberg LP in 1996, alleging that she was drugged and raped by her supervisor. Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Feb. 2020 Prosecutors have called to the stand five other women who said Cosby drugged and assaulted them, too. Michael R. Sisak, chicagotribune.com, 16 Apr. 2018 Prosecutors have called to the stand five other women who said Cosby drugged and assaulted them, too. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, 16 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of drug

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1667, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for drug

Noun and Verb

Middle English drogge

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Dictionary Entries Near drug

drudging

drug

drug dealer

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Last Updated

13 May 2022

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More Definitions for drug

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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