drug

noun
\ˈdrəg \

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 \ 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

The unusual structure has long made Bitcoin a primary means of payment for drugs on online black markets, and more recently as a method for making ransom payments. New York Times, "How Russian Spies Hid Behind Bitcoin in Hacking Campaign," 13 July 2018 Among the problems, Toliver said, were insect infestations, broken doors, vandalized mailboxes and drug dealers hanging around — a claim supported by a second ex-tenant and a neighbor. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 Police officers reported seeing fewer drug dealers on street corners. Brad Heath, USA TODAY, "Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death. A wave of killings followed.," 12 July 2018 Hunter allegedly told police he was shot at when a drug dealer tried to rob him during a marijuana sale, police said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "20-year-old man arrested for shooting near Folsom elementary school," 2 July 2018 The first Sicario, written by Taylor Sheridan, had a cynical view of the war on drugs. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," 2 July 2018 Plaintiffs also say the drug contributes to suicides, criminal conduct and health-care costs. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Opioid epidemic: Arizona cities, counties join huge federal suit against pain-med makers," 30 June 2018 And in January, U.S. marshals auctioned off $52 million worth of bitcoin, seized from drug dealers. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Authorities Seize $5.2 Million in Cryptocurrency Following Europe's Largest LSD Bust," 28 June 2018 For many, the top three options growing up were drug dealer, ballplayer and rapper. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Oakland journalist sees black culture shifting from music to sports," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His research and interviews indicated, for example, that Takei didn't spike Brunton's drink, or drug him. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Rose Festival chooses its canine grand marshal for the Grand Floral Parade," 24 May 2018 That reputation was slowly torn to pieces as dozens of women came forward, beginning in 2014, and accused him of drugging them, assaulting them or both. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Cosby guilty: Jury rules comedian sexually assaulted Andrea Constand," 26 Apr. 2018 Still drugged out of my mind, but feeling no pain, I was placed in a wheelchair, given discharge papers and crutches, and sent on my way. Thalia Mostow Bruehl, The Cut, "Keeping the Spark Alive As a Young Person in an Old Person’s Body," 22 May 2018 Turns out a dinosaur’s skin is tough to break through, so in order to properly access a weak spot, Claire has to straddle the drugged-out creature. refinery29.com, "The Most Interesting Woman In Fallen Kingdom Is A Raptor: How The Jurassic Park Franchise Regressed," 20 June 2018 In addition, five other women testified that Cosby had drugged and then assaulted them decades ago as prosecutors sought to prove Cosby's actions toward Constand were part of a pattern. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Bill Cosby replaces his defense team," 15 June 2018 Two of these reports say that the victim may have been drugged, according to CMPD. Rachel Jones, charlotteobserver, "CMPD apologizes over what officer told a woman who wanted to report being drugged," 1 June 2018 Cosby faces up to 30 years in prison — 10 years for each charge — for drugging and assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, now 45, in 2004. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Bill Cosby Turns 81 Today — as Possible 30-Year Sentence Looms After Sex Assault Conviction," 12 July 2018 The victim said her last memory of the night of the rape was being at a bar with Patterson and feeling as though she had been drugged. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sentencing delayed when Darryl Patterson, Windermere man convicted of videotaped rape, replaces lawyer," 29 June 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

Middle English drogge

Verb

see drug entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near drug

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drug dealer

drugger

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Statistics for drug

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10 Oct 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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