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

And in that year, fentanyl was the 10th most frequently cited drug and only mentioned in 4 percent of deaths. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Fentanyl Now Officially Causes the Most Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S.," 20 Dec. 2018 The narratives are all about drugs and crime and people climbing over walls, and that’s so far from the reality. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "Nonprofit News Outlets Give Local Communities Control of Media Narratives," 7 Dec. 2018 Everybody is different, obviously, but for me, the mixture of marijuana and whatever other drugs and sometimes drinking really messed up my brain. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Amanda Bynes Says Watching Herself In "She's The Man" Triggered Her Depression," 27 Nov. 2018 Authorities did not say what sparked the attacks, but Vazquez's mother-in-law blamed drug addiction. Fox News, "Fishing crew member charged with murder in attack at sea," 25 Sep. 2018 Dad David, played by Carell, is desperate to help Nic, portrayed by Chalamet, beat his battle with drug addiction. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Steve Carell Sobbing in the New 'Beautiful Boy' Trailer Will Wreck Your Soul," 19 Sep. 2018 His 2005 memoir Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption, which details his own addiction to drugs and alcohol in the wake of his uncles' assassinations was a New York Times bestseller. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "JFK's Nephew Christopher Lawford Dies at 63," 6 Sep. 2018 In other words, looking at life fearfully with a mindset of scarcity physically ages people, diminishes their health, and makes them prone to drug addiction and other ills. Clay Marsh, STAT, "Facing deaths of despair from the depths of despair in West Virginia," 12 July 2018 But Fury vacated the titles and left the sport for 2½ years due to drug addiction and depression. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "Deontay Wilder Might Be America’s Next Great Heavyweight," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One woman, Tchiya Amet, says that Tyson drugged and raped her when the two were students at the University of Texas Austin. Anna North, Vox, "Fox and National Geographic are investigating Neil deGrasse Tyson after sexual misconduct allegations," 2 Dec. 2018 At this second trial, Constand's testimony was bolstered by five other women who also said that Cosby drugged and assaulted them in previous incidents. Eric Levenson, CNN, "The long, winding path to Bill Cosby's guilty verdict," 27 Apr. 2018 The charges in this current trial were brought by a woman named Andrea Constand, who says Cosby drugged and assaulted her in January 2004. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Former Supermodel Janice Dickinson Just Gave Powerful Testimony Against Bill Cosby," 13 Apr. 2018 For the last trial, Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill allowed just one woman other than Constand to testify: Kelley Johnson, who worked for his talent agent and says the star drugged and molested her in 1996. NBC News, "Bill Cosby's next sex abuse trial will be much more than a rerun," 25 Mar. 2018 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

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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 \

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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