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

After getting the all-clear from the psychiatrist, my doctor put me on a regimen of fertility drugs that essentially helped to stimulate ovulation and support and maintain an early pregnancy. Kate Willsky, SELF, "What It’s Like to Deal With Anorexia While You’re Pregnant," 8 Feb. 2019 That desire for stability is what eventually led Tim to give up alcohol, drugs, carbs, and sugar, a decision that also resulted in a dramatic weight loss. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "A Look Back at Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Legendary Marriage," 2 Feb. 2019 One or more of these drugs, Terry Jo says, may end up being life- enhancing, life-changing, or better. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 In 2016, fentanyl was involved in 28.8 percent of all drug overdose deaths, compared to just 4 percent in 2011. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Fentanyl Now Officially Causes the Most Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S.," 20 Dec. 2018 Shortly after being released from rehab following her drug overdose over the summer, Demi Lovato is making some changes in her life. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato Unfollowed Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, and More on Instagram," 21 Nov. 2018 Many newspaper and radio journalists, especially in far-flung provinces, have been murdered because of their work, often by drug-traffickers or other local potentates. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 According to the criminal complaint, police found Raatz, of Delafield, dead at about 9 a.m. Sept. 5, 2015, in Gapp's father's home in Ottawa, surrounded by drug paraphernalia. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jury finds Dousman man guilty of homicide for role in girlfriend's fatal overdose," 13 July 2018 The idea is that ginger's anti-inflammatory properties may work in a similar way to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like Advil, Dr. Ganjhu says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Health Benefits of Ginger Water," 11 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Denver The Kavanaugh hearings painfully reminded me of the time I was drugged and molested during college in the 1970s. WSJ, "Let’s Learn From the Kavanaugh Imbroglio," 9 Oct. 2018 Baylor University has settled a federal Title IX lawsuit brought by a former volleyball player who alleged that she was drugged and gang raped by at least four football players in 2012. BostonGlobe.com, "Knee surgery scheduled for Lonzo Ball," 14 July 2018 Police say one of the men kidnapped the girl from the field and dragged her to a small shrine, where she was drugged and locked up for at least four days, and repeatedly gang-raped. Annie Gowen, chicagotribune.com, "8-year-old girl's gang rape and murder triggers new outrage over India's rape culture," 19 Apr. 2018 One woman, Tchiya Amet, says that Tyson drugged and raped her when the two were students at the University of Texas Austin. Anna North, Vox, "Fox and National Geographic are investigating Neil deGrasse Tyson after sexual misconduct allegations," 2 Dec. 2018 At this second trial, Constand's testimony was bolstered by five other women who also said that Cosby drugged and assaulted them in previous incidents. Eric Levenson, CNN, "The long, winding path to Bill Cosby's guilty verdict," 27 Apr. 2018 The charges in this current trial were brought by a woman named Andrea Constand, who says Cosby drugged and assaulted her in January 2004. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Former Supermodel Janice Dickinson Just Gave Powerful Testimony Against Bill Cosby," 13 Apr. 2018 For the last trial, Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill allowed just one woman other than Constand to testify: Kelley Johnson, who worked for his talent agent and says the star drugged and molested her in 1996. NBC News, "Bill Cosby's next sex abuse trial will be much more than a rerun," 25 Mar. 2018 One of them was this incredible story from a woman who was drugged at a work party. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 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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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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