drug

noun
\ ˈdrəg How to pronounce drug (audio) \

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 How to pronounce druggie (audio) \ 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

California Rancho Mirage: The Betty Ford drug and alcohol treatment center has agreed to make sure its facilities are accessible to the disabled. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 This forces the worker to connect with services for drug and alcohol counseling, domestic violence counseling, and help with General Educational Development (GED). Samantha Lopez, Houston Chronicle, "How illicit massage businesses are shut down in Houston," 1 July 2019 Police said the motorist was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "79-year-old man hit, killed by car in Midway District," 30 June 2019 Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash, the Highway Patrol said. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "Rocky River graduate killed in ATV crash was All-Ohio punter, even better teammate and friend, football coaches say," 29 June 2019 Officer Michael Michalski, 52, was shot and killed a month later by a man wanted on drug and domestic violence charges. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He was a role model': Community remembers Milwaukee Officer Kou Her," 29 June 2019 Meantime, 1,000 inmates last year overdosed on drugs or alcohol that were smuggled into facilities, sometimes with the knowledge of state workers. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "The Troubles Beneath the Surface of California’s Comeback," 28 June 2019 These figures reflect previous work that has shown associations between these drugs and dementia. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "A new study that ties common medications to dementia highlights the need for early detection," 27 June 2019 Proceeds from the album will be donated to Gateway Foundation, a drug and alcohol treatment center Gruber had once stayed at that led to his longest stretch of sobriety. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "Local musician Trey Gruber’s songs find new life after his death; preserved through ‘Herculean’ effort by loved ones," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most tourists who enjoy these encounters don’t know that the adult tigers may be declawed, drugged, or both. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 For days, several men, all of them Hindu, drugged, starved, and gang-raped her. Kai Schultz, BostonGlobe.com, "Indian court convicts 6 Hindus in rape and murder of Muslim girl, 8," 10 June 2019 Adult tigers may be drugged or even declawed to make interaction safe. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Neglectful Sanctuaries and Poached Animals: New Report Reveals the Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism," 7 June 2019 The drug controversy Trainers have been accused of making an already risky situation worse by drugging horses with performance-enhancing substances or painkillers, animal welfare advocates say. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Why horse racing is so dangerous," 17 May 2019 Rumors regarding girls being drugged began circulating on social media, when someone posted to a Facebook group for California moms that multiple girls were taken to the hospital after the party. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Police Are Investigating Reports That a Woman Was Drugged at Jake Paul's House Party," 6 May 2019 The premise is based on real events in a Mennonite colony in Bolivia, where women were systematically drugged and raped over a span of five years, their injuries ignored or blamed on Satan. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Tribulations, Trials and Tests of Faith," 29 Mar. 2019 He was accused of drugging and violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Michael R. Sisak And Claudia Lauer, chicagotribune.com, "Bill Cosby found guilty on all 3 counts in sexual assault retrial," 26 Apr. 2018 Now the 81-year-old once-revered comedian is set to be sentenced this week for drugging and molesting Constand, a former Temple University employee, in his Philadelphia home in 2004. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault: A look at the case," 25 Sep. 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 and Verb

Middle English drogge

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The first known use of drug was in 1611

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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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