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

Poor fella can’t go anywhere to eat these days without people showing up and reminding him of children who are stuck in cages while their parents fight deportation to other countries where they could be drafted to fight drug wars or killed. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Eat at home, McConnell, until you're ready to listen to all the people," 10 July 2018 As part of the drug war in Central America in the 1990s, Mr. Etten projected America’s prohibitionary stance to the world. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "As war vets enter the fray, stigma lessens around cannabis," 5 July 2018 McCorbin was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police say. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Man charged after pedestrian was killed on Independence Boulevard Monday night," 3 July 2018 Fighting the drug war is just one point of contention in U.S.-Mexican relations. William Lajeunesse, Fox News, "Mexico backs left-wing 'messiah' Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in historic presidential election," 2 July 2018 On Sunday, an unconventional candidate prevailed in Mexico’s presidential election, preaching forgiveness, instead of punishment, for Mexico’s drug war criminals. Martha Pskowski, The New Republic, "The Radical Amnesty Plan of Mexico’s Next President," 2 July 2018 Meanwhile, in Mexico, a brutal drug war erupted, villages emptied, and even dietary habits were altered, unleashing a diabetes epidemic. Jill Leovy, chicagotribune.com, "A personal perspective on Mexico's mass exodus to the United States," 2 July 2018 But since the launch of the drug war in 2006, none have succeeded. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Five challenges that lie ahead for Mexico's next president," 2 July 2018 Sicario: Day of the Soldado' $19 million (first week) The drug war rages on in the U.S.-Mexico border where cartels are trafficking terrorists. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "Weekend box office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' 'Incredibles 2' still on top," 1 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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drudgery

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drug dealer

drugger

druggery

Statistics for drug

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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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