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

Separately, Ellingson allegedly made $2 million in profits from selling drugs directly on Silk Road. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Silk Road’s alleged hitman, “redandwhite,” arrested in Vancouver," 21 Nov. 2018 His childhood best friend became a heroin addict and died of hepatitis C. Steyer has never tried a drug in his life. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 It can also be caused by radiation and chemotherapy, tobacco use, nerve damage, and drugs like marijuana and methamphetamine. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Thirsty?," 22 Oct. 2018 Her oncologist then proceeded with treatment, giving Yerkey a drug known to have disastrous effects on fertility. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "When Your Dreams of Motherhood Are Destroyed," 1 Oct. 2018 She was sent to the hospital early last week after overdosing on an unknown drug. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato Has Reportedly Agreed to Go to Rehab After Being Released from the Hospital," 3 Aug. 2018 The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-ever drug to treat smallpox, a disease that no longer exists. NBC News, "Now there's a drug to treat smallpox, just in case," 13 July 2018 Despite some signs of a slowdown, the nation’s all-time deadliest drug overdose epidemic endures. Michael Hill, The Seattle Times, "Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets," 13 Nov. 2018 This September, just a few months into her now-ended engagement with Davidson, Grande’s ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died of a drug overdose — and a faction of his fans blamed her for his death. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ariana Grande’s greatest asset isn’t her amazing voice. It’s her resilience.," 11 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In 2004, Constand alleged that Cosby drugged and molested her during an incident at his home. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Bill Cosby spent decades as “America’s Dad.” He’s about to be sentenced for a 2004 assault.," 24 Sep. 2018 Sadly, there’s nothing outlandish about boys or men drugging and raping women, and Swetnick’s claims were in fact right in line with the picture Ford and Deborah Ramirez had painted of Kavanaugh harming women for the amusement of other men. Anna North, Vox, "Susan Collins was supposed to be different," 5 Oct. 2018 The victim in the case that resulted in Cosby's conviction, Andrea Constand, has bravely told the story of how Cosby drugged and assaulted her many times in the lead-up to this day. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Read Andrea Constand's Powerful Impact Statement About Bill Cosby," 25 Sep. 2018 The documents were released as part of Dr. Luke’s ongoing defamation lawsuit against Kesha, who accused him of drugging and raping her in a 2014 case. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Katy Perry denies being raped by Dr. Luke in court deposition while Kelly Clarkson describes him as 'sleazy'," 28 Aug. 2018 Dozens of women have come forward in recent years to accuse Cosby of drugging, raping, and assaulting them during incidents that spanned decades. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Bill Cosby will formally challenge his conviction in the fall, Mass. lawyers say," 18 June 2018 Cosby's wife issued only one public statement defending her husband after dozens of women began coming forward in October 2014 to accuse Cosby, 80, of drugging and/or raping them in episodes dating back to the mid-1960s. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Camille Cosby lashes out at accusers, media and 'mob justice' in statement defending her husband," 3 May 2018 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

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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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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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