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

Naylor, who had no alcohol or drugs in her system, reportedly spent the evening before her death watching a movie with her family. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "British Child Star Mya-Lecia Naylor Killed Herself, Coroner Rules," 9 Sep. 2019 His prior record includes drug and firearms offenses in San Francisco, Monterey County, Lassen County and Nevada, the prosecution said. Gary Klien, The Mercury News, "North Bay detox murder suspect ordered to stand trial," 9 Sep. 2019 Stout had 14 previous convictions for drugs and eluding police, the paper reported. Fox News, "Oregon man who targeted ex-friend with dog poop bomb avoids prison," 6 Sep. 2019 My office will use all tools available to address the drug and violent crime problems in our communities. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Alabama father and son get federal prison for separate drug crimes," 5 Sep. 2019 Officers and detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s traffic division were investigating the crash; neither drugs nor alcohol were thought to be involved. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bicyclist struck by SUV, gravely injured in University City," 5 Sep. 2019 Johnson’s critics have repeatedly suggested that U.S. pharmaceutical and medical companies would seek to muscle in post-Brexit, raising prices for drugs and services. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "‘Chlorinated chicken’ and family feuds: the Trump administration wades again into Brexit quagmire," 5 Sep. 2019 His mother said Clayton had years ago been addicted to drugs and alcohol, but was currently attending court ordered counseling for driving under the influence. Jeff Weiner, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida man arrested in Walmart shooting threat called himself white nationalist in Facebook post, cops say," 5 Sep. 2019 Serenity AlAnon, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 1710 Montecito Road, for families/friends of someone suffering with drugs or alcohol. Ramona Sentinel, "Our Town Calendar: Sept. 5-11," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Seven women report being drugged while drinking in Davis. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: What will become of San Francisco’s controversial George Washington mural?," 13 Aug. 2019 The child was kidnapped in January 2018 in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, where she was drugged, gang raped and murdered, police said in a charge sheet. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Attackers Get Prison Sentence for Rape, Murder of 8-Year-Old Girl in India," 10 June 2019 Janice Dickinson, a former supermodel who said Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982 in Lake Tahoe, said in court, describing her shock during the assault. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault," 26 Apr. 2018 One of them was reality TV star and supermodel Janice Dickinson, who said Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982 in Lake Tahoe. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for April 13: Comey book, Syria, Russia probe, teacher protests, Cosby trial," 13 Apr. 2018 The investigation expanded after the department learned of nine instances in which college women in their early 20s may have been drugged, Deputy Police Chief Paul Doroshov said. The Daily Democrat, The Mercury News, "Drugging of college women at Davis bars is suspected," 12 Aug. 2019 David Haller, the suicidal son of the X-Men’s Charles Xavier, is diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and spends his days in a psychiatric facility, drugged up and disconnected. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Superheroes behaving badly: 12 crusading TV series target mature audiences," 4 Aug. 2019 The defamation lawsuit began when Dickinson, 64, said in 2014 that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in 1982 after the two had dinner in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Janice Dickinson got an 'epic' settlement in her defamation case against Bill Cosby," 25 July 2019 The way the patient is sometimes drugged up to prevent him from moving, so that the canula feeding directly into his carotid will not jostle and detach. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, "Shared Breath," 25 July 2019

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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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The first known use of drug was in 1611

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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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