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

Weapons spilled out of Libya’s armouries, and smuggling networks for everything from people to drugs developed across the Sahara. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Taking these drugs for a few weeks typically knocks out most cases of Lyme. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 His work led to drugs treating Parkinson’s disease and helped pave the way for antidepressants including Prozac. WSJ, "Arvid Carlsson, Snubbed at University in Sweden, Found a Path to Nobel Prize in Medicine," 13 July 2018 People who have higher levels of dopamine may be more prone to a number of sensation seeking behaviours, ranging from harmless roller coaster rides to taking drugs or even shoplifting. Richard Stephens, Smithsonian, "The History and Psychology of Roller Coasters," 12 July 2018 Not all women with breast cancer need chemo, which involves taking anti-cancer drugs by mouth or intravenously. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "35-Year-Old Olympic Gold Medalist Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis in Emotional Post," 12 July 2018 Unlike Texas, which has carried out more executions than any other state, Nevada does not have a compounding pharmacy to get its drugs. Ken Ritter And Michelle L. Price, Time, "Nevada Delays Its First Execution in 12 Years After a Drug Company Objects," 12 July 2018 Boatwright is on probation until April 2019 from battery and drug charges. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Second suspect arrested in murder of rapper XXXTentacion," 11 July 2018 One of the biggest names to ever fight in the UFC appears to be getting ready for his comeback as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency confirmed to MMA Junkie that Brock Lesnar re-entered the drug-testing pool on July 3. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Brock Lesnar Back in USADA Drug-Testing Pool, Could Return to UFC in January," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Cosby faces up to 30 years in prison — 10 years for each charge — for drugging and assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, now 45, in 2004. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Bill Cosby Turns 81 Today — as Possible 30-Year Sentence Looms After Sex Assault Conviction," 12 July 2018 The victim said her last memory of the night of the rape was being at a bar with Patterson and feeling as though she had been drugged. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sentencing delayed when Darryl Patterson, Windermere man convicted of videotaped rape, replaces lawyer," 29 June 2018 Cosby is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 24 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. CBS News, "Bill Cosby fires lawyers; Camille Cosby divorce reports denied," 15 June 2018 Cosby is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 24 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. NBC News, "Bill Cosby fires legal team ahead of sex assault sentencing," 15 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

drudging

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drug dealer

drugger

druggery

Statistics for drug

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12 Sep 2018

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Time Traveler 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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