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

The number of eggs a woman can produce in a monthly cycle leading up to an egg retrieval varies, depending upon her age, ovarian reserve, medical history and response to fertility drugs. NBC News, "Nation's fertility clinics struggle with a growing number of abandoned embryos," 12 Aug. 2019 The suspect in this case was arrest for fail to stop and give information and possession of a dangerous drug. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 12 Aug. 2019 Scientists have tried to treat the disease with existing drugs and develop new treatments tailored to the virus. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Finally, some good news about Ebola: Two new treatments dramatically lower the death rate in a trial," 12 Aug. 2019 But in the mid-1990s medical researchers, including those at the UAB Center for Aids Research, developed antiretroviral drugs that stop the virus from multiplying, reduce it to undetectable levels in the blood, and prevent passing it on to others. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Providers want to find and stamp out HIV in rural Alabama," 12 Aug. 2019 Cross was an Army paratrooper at Fort Bragg in North Carolina in 2007 when he was accused of stealing body armor and drugs from the military and selling them to an undercover FBI agent, court records show. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "‘A Perfect Storm’ — online hate and political winds whip up white supremacy," 10 Aug. 2019 More must-read stories from Fortune: —Fortune’s 2019 Global 500: See the full list —How automation is cutting into workers’ share of economic output —How the maker of the world’s bestselling drug keeps prices sky-high —Want to buy a Spanish village? Anne Fisher, Fortune, "‘You’re Pretty Stupid.’ What Can Happen to Your Business When A.I. Goes Awry," 10 Aug. 2019 Two decades ago, Chrostowski was 18 and dealing drugs. CBS News, "The Ohio restaurant that gives convicts a second chance," 10 Aug. 2019 Over the past 20 years, the use of opioids, including prescription pain medications, heroin and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, has skyrocketed in the United States. Scientific American, "The U.S. Opioid Epidemic Is Driving a Spike in Infectious Diseases," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The fraternity’s suspension came four months after at least seven students claimed that they were drugged at a party hosted at the fraternity’s house on Jan. 12, 2018. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Stanford “unjustly” punished a fraternity for unproven drugging, suit alleges," 8 July 2019 Pastor has a particularly harsh assessment of Murray’s surreptitious iPhone recording of a heavily drugged and slurring Jackson. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Michael Jackson’s final day: A sleepless night, dangerous drugs and a death that shook the world," 27 Apr. 2019 Either they, too, were drugged by Brangane, or they were held captive by sheer force of musical will. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra brews potent concoction with concert account of 'Tristan and Isolde' (review)," 23 Apr. 2018 The supermodel was among the half-dozen women to testify over the past seven court days that Cosby drugged and raped them in ‘80s. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "At Cosby trial, publisher Judith Regan backs up Janice Dickinson's claim about alleged rape," 18 Apr. 2018 Physician Zyad Younan, of Holmdel, New Jersey, was drugged by the strippers and then fleeced with fraudulent billing, Judge O’Neill Levy ruled Tuesday. Adam Darby, kansascity, "Doctor is off the hook for $135,000 club tab with four ‘fishing’ strippers," 21 Jan. 2018 General assistance: Hillary Drive A woman, 52, said July 21 that her husband has been drugging her. cleveland.com, "Missing order of French fries brings cops to McDonald’s: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 24 July 2019 There a group of men repeatedly raped women at night after drugging them with a veterinarian’s anesthetic. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Miriam Toews’s Quiet Revolution," 26 June 2019 Although a formal indictment of Cosby would not come until December, Cosby had already indicted himself with his own testimony about drugging women. Adam Serwer, The Atlantic, "How Cosby's 'Pound Cake Speech' Helped Lead to His Downfall," 26 Apr. 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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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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