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

Despite some signs of a slowdown, the nation’s all-time deadliest drug overdose epidemic endures. Michael Hill, The Seattle Times, "Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets," 13 Nov. 2018 This September, just a few months into her now-ended engagement with Davidson, Grande’s ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died of a drug overdose — and a faction of his fans blamed her for his death. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ariana Grande’s greatest asset isn’t her amazing voice. It’s her resilience.," 11 Nov. 2018 Last year, 72,000 people died of a drug overdose nationally, with two-thirds linked to opioids. Kris Maher, WSJ, "In West Virginia, Opioid Crisis Makes Its Mark on the Midterms," 2 Nov. 2018 Opioids were responsible for the majority of the 72,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Korin Miller, SELF, "Jamie Lee Curtis Says She Hid an Opioid Addiction for 10 Years," 25 Oct. 2018 Unfortunately for all involved, CHS1 suddenly died of a drug overdose in June 2017. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Cheese danish shipping, warrantless GPS trackers, and a border doctrine challenge," 2 Sep. 2018 Demi Lovato is opening up about her drug overdose for the first time in a powerful new statement. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato Released Her First Public Statement Since Her Overdose," 6 Aug. 2018 He was transported to Wellington Regional Medical Center to be assessed for drug overdose and other injuries. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wellington, Royal Palm Beach area crime log: June 15-30," 13 July 2018 Monteith passed away at 31 from a drug overdose on July 13, 2013, which shocked the Glee cast and fandom alike. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Lea Michele Shares Poignant Quote on Anniversary of Cory Monteith's Death," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2016, women took to the streets in anger after a 16-year-old girl was abducted outside her school, drugged, repeatedly raped and killed. Daniel Politi And Ralph Ellis, CNN, "Argentina's lower house of Congress approves bill liberalizing abortion laws," 14 June 2018 But Nordic crime stalwart Jo Nesbo sets his novel’s version in 1970s drugged-up, industrial England. Lloyd Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Crime fiction reviews: Latest from Philip Kerr, Jo Nesbo and Michael Kardos," 17 Apr. 2018 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

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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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drugger

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Statistics for drug

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21 Nov 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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