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

Sign up here Drug suits: Lawyers for cities and counties suing drug companies have proposed a class-action structure to negotiate thousands of pending federal lawsuits over the nation’s opioid epidemic, cleveland.com’s Eric Heisig reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga River celebrates 50 years of renewal: The Wake Up for Monday, June 17, 2019," 17 June 2019 Federal authorities accused them of using the dealership to front cash purchases of cars for drug dealers. Robert Anglen, AZCentral.com, "Used-car nightmare: Arizona dealer didn't pay off trades or transfer title to buyers," 17 June 2019 The city eliminated coverage of Viagra and other such drugs for current city employees last year. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati retirees sue city to keep insurance coverage of Viagra, other medications," 17 June 2019 With chronic unemployment came poverty and crime and drugs. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019 This is particularly devastating because the drug benznidazole can often eliminate the parasite in infected children. Marc Burckhardt, National Geographic, "A little-known parasite infects 300,000 people in the U.S.," 17 June 2019 Use the power of the federal government to negotiate with drug companies. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Drug Prices Are a Populist Campaign Issue. Here Are the Latest Proposals to Lower Costs.," 16 June 2019 Government officials also have said the rule could spur drug companies to reduce prices. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Drugmakers Sue to Block Federal Rule Requiring Drug Prices in TV Ads," 14 June 2019 The drug companies have denied allegations of wrongdoing. Wayne Drash, CNN, "Lawmakers urge DOJ to launch criminal investigation of generic drug makers," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Cosby has been on house arrest at his home in Cheltenham since a Montgomery County jury found the 80-year-old guilty of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand. Laura Mccrystal, Philly.com, "Bill Cosby parts ways with lawyers as sentencing looms," 14 June 2018 Thursday's verdict was in favor of former Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand, 45, who charged that Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 2004 at his home outside Philadelphia. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Bill Cosby's third act: A guilty verdict for sexual assault," 27 Apr. 2018 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

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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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