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

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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 Floyd's family released a statement after Ross's testimony, calling any allegations of drug use a distraction from the two murder and one manslaughter charges Chauvin faces. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "George Floyd's former girlfriend admits two suffered from drug addiction," 1 Apr. 2021 In 2012, Colorado and Washington state pioneered laws to legalize recreational use of the drug. Washington Post, "New Mexico set to legalize marijuana as New York ends its pot prohibition," 1 Apr. 2021 The driver admitted to having a marijuana cigarette and a small bag of the drug. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Thief helps self to vehicle left open overnight with keys: Chagrin Falls police blotter," 31 Mar. 2021 The new law immediately legalizes possession of up to three ounces of cannabis or 24 grams of concentrated forms of the drug for recreational use. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "New York State legalizes recreational marijuana," 31 Mar. 2021 Local municipalities will also have the option to not allow retail sale of the drug. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York Legalizes Marijuana: What to Know," 31 Mar. 2021 New York is poised to join a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use. Marina Villeneuve, Star Tribune, "New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana," 28 Mar. 2021 The informant told investigators Cash got pounds of the drug shipped from California. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Meth, parties and $100,000: How a decorated doctor ended up selling illegal drugs," 28 Mar. 2021 The process, commonly known as stacking, can lead to drug offenders facing decades in prison after a single arrest. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS: Extended session favored by House | Abortion legislation heads to governor | House backs bill on hit-and-run penalty," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "‘I’m the Doctor Who Is Here to Help You Die’," 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, "Harvey Weinstein Prosecutors to Deploy Controversial Strategy in Trial," 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, "Oregon’s antiquated computers could cost laid-off workers more than $100 million in benefits," 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, "Bloomberg for years has battled women’s allegations of profane, sexist comments," 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, "Bill Cosby's accuser denies framing him, knowing key witness," 16 Apr. 2018 Prosecutors have called to the stand five other women who said Cosby drugged and assaulted them, too. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Bill Cosby's main accuser denies intentionally framing him, knowing key witness," 16 Apr. 2018 The glitzy film is based on the true story of New York exotic dancers who drugged and robbed their rich customers. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The best TV shows and movies to stream in April 2020, from James Bond to 'Parasite'," 1 Apr. 2020 The team of people who have drugged, tripped, and tackled the giraffe is a mix of scientists, veterinarians, and rangers who study giraffes in the few parts of the world where the animals still live. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Last Giraffes on Earth," 13 Mar. 2020

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drug. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for drug

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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