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 But while Trump has kept drug prices toward the top of his campaign speaking points, the administration has made little progress in dropping prices for consumers. John Tozzi, Bloomberg.com, "Uninsured Numbers Rise in Wake of Trump’s Attack on Obamacare," 15 Sep. 2020 After a public uproar over instances of alleged price gouging, prescription-drug prices became a major campaign issue during the 2016 election cycle. Charley Grant, WSJ, "How Biotech Investors Can Survive Election Season," 15 Sep. 2020 Porter, who has played video games for most of her life, understands well the simplistic depictions of Black people in video games, either as drug dealers or criminals. Star Tribune, "Entrepreneur uses video games to empower," 11 Sep. 2020 The lawsuit alleges the police department sought to cover up the true nature of Mr. Prude’s death, starting with what Ms. Warren said was Chief Singletary reporting to her early on that Mr. Prude had an apparent drug overdose. The Christian Science Monitor, "After Daniel Prude's death, Rochester police chief to retire," 9 Sep. 2020 Hours after the incident, Chief Singletary told Ms. Warren that a person had suffered a drug overdose while in custody, Ms. Warren said last week. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "Rochester Police Chief Resigns in Aftermath of Daniel Prude’s Death," 8 Sep. 2020 Duterte has steadfastly denied authorizing extrajudicial killings but has repeatedly and openly threatened drug dealers with death. Chronicle News Services, SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World," 1 Sep. 2020 Duterte has steadfastly denied authorizing extrajudicial killings but has repeatedly and openly threatened drug dealers with death. Fox News, "Philippines' Duterte to customs chief: 'Shoot and kill' drug smugglers," 1 Sep. 2020 The Justice Department on Tuesday charged Teva Pharmaceutical Industries with conspiring with rivals to raise generic-drug prices. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: August 26, 2020," 26 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In the Cosby case, five women testified that the now 82-year-old comedian drugged and violated them over the years. Michael R. Sisak, BostonGlobe.com, "Weinstein’s reckoning: Trial looms 2 years after #MeToo wave," 5 Jan. 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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Last Updated

21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drug. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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