drug

noun
\ ˈdrəg How to pronounce drug (audio) \
plural drugs

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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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 When a young brain is looking for experience, teachers, parents and other influential adults should seek to capitalize on the richness of learning and stave off negative experiences such as smoking or drug use. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "Adolescent Brains Are Wired to Want Status and Respect: That’s an Opportunity for Teachers and Parents," 28 Apr. 2021 The area is the epicenter of the region's homelessness crisis and is plagued by tent encampments, crime and drug use. Fox News, "Los Angeles police officer pens letter to LeBron James requesting sitdown to talk about policing," 27 Apr. 2021 Fowler blamed carbon monoxide, drug use, a heart condition and other factors, contradicting other medical experts in the trial who said there was no question that former Officer Derek Chauvin killed Floyd. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "3 Maryland families for years criticized David Fowler’s rulings as medical examiner. Then came Derek Chauvin’s trial.," 27 Apr. 2021 The study examined 13 psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol use disorder and drug use disorder, among others. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Untreated psychiatric disorders in arrested juveniles linger 15 years past incarceration, Northwestern study finds," 27 Apr. 2021 One man was shot to death and three others were wounded in a west Phoenix gun battle that may have been drug related, Phoenix police said in a statement. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, "1 dead, 3 wounded in west Phoenix gun battle that may have been drug related," 26 Apr. 2021 Bruce Caulfield, owner of Tracks Raw Bar & Grill on West 31st Street, said panhandling, petty theft and intravenous drug use have all made the streets around his restaurant unappealing to commuters and diners. Ben Chapman, WSJ, "Manhattan Business Districts to Get More Police in Reopening Push," 25 Apr. 2021 Judge Cahill rejected many of the defense’s attempts to present evidence of Mr. Floyd’s drug use and past arrests. New York Times, "How the Trial Over Floyd’s Death Flipped the Script for Black Victims," 24 Apr. 2021 Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, argued that Floyd died from a cardiac arrest due to pre-existing heart disease and clogged arteries, among other health issues, and drug use. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, "Chauvin verdicts 'not a cause for celebration,' prosecutor says," 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Huntsville police drug their feet in working with the committee. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "10 takeaways from the inquiry into Huntsville’s racial justice protests and arrests," 28 Apr. 2021 One chapter was about a profoundly disabled man who tried and then tried again to starve himself to death—until finally, at his rabid insistence, his mother agreed to drug him and hold a plastic bag over his head. Katie Engelhart, The Atlantic, "‘I’m the Doctor Who Is Here to Help You Die’," 2 Mar. 2021 The famed comedian’s first trial, on charges of drugging and assaulting one woman, ended with a hung jury in June 2017. Deanna Paul, WSJ, "Harvey Weinstein Prosecutors to Deploy Controversial Strategy in Trial," 22 Jan. 2020 Another consultant delivered similar findings in early 2013, although his credibility was undermined when he was accused of drugging and assaulting several women in Portland. oregonlive, "Oregon’s antiquated computers could cost laid-off workers more than $100 million in benefits," 15 Apr. 2020 Shortly after Garrison left the company, an employee named Mary Ann Olszewski sued Bloomberg LP in 1996, alleging that she was drugged and raped by her supervisor. Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, "Bloomberg for years has battled women’s allegations of profane, sexist comments," 16 Feb. 2020 Prosecutors have called to the stand five other women who said Cosby drugged and assaulted them, too. Michael R. Sisak, chicagotribune.com, "Bill Cosby's accuser denies framing him, knowing key witness," 16 Apr. 2018 Prosecutors have called to the stand five other women who said Cosby drugged and assaulted them, too. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Bill Cosby's main accuser denies intentionally framing him, knowing key witness," 16 Apr. 2018 The glitzy film is based on the true story of New York exotic dancers who drugged and robbed their rich customers. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The best TV shows and movies to stream in April 2020, from James Bond to 'Parasite'," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of drug

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1667, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for drug

Noun and Verb

Middle English drogge

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1 May 2021

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“Drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drug. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 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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