\ ˈhu̇kt How to pronounce hooked (audio) , sense 1 is also ˈhu̇-kəd How to pronounce hooked (audio) \

Definition of hooked

1 : having the form of a hook
2 : provided with a hook
3 : made by hooking a hooked rug
4a : addicted to narcotics
b : fascinated by or devoted to something

Examples of hooked in a Sentence

Her friends talked her into playing golf, and now she's hooked.
Recent Examples on the Web Many people who became hooked on pain pills later moved to heroin. Washington Post, "China sentences fentanyl traffickers after US tip about ring," 8 Nov. 2019 Your relative has become hooked on the concept of instant gratification, which isn’t healthy for either of you. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Happy smartphone user stops short of becoming an addict," 15 Oct. 2019 Brittany had become hooked after losing her grandmother and a baby—to a rare congenital condition—within a year. Elizabeth Flock, The New Yorker, "How Far Can Abused Women Go to Protect Themselves?," 13 Jan. 2020 The internet of things are commodity devices that now are hooked to your network. CBS News, "Transcript: Sean Roche talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 1 Jan. 2020 That doesn’t necessarily matter much to Google, which sees hardware mostly as a way to get people hooked on its software and artificial-intelligence services. Rachel Lerman, The Denver Post, "“Immediate credibility”: Fitbit buy is Google’s latest step into gadgetry," 17 Nov. 2019 Apple’s ability to get people hooked on its programming looks likely with its A-list talent. Dan Reilly, Fortune, "The Real Strategy for Apple’s TV+ Isn’t to Compete with Netflix. It Just Wants a Bit of Your Time," 11 Sep. 2019 If hooked, the car-size stingrays put up a ferocious fight, and there are reports of boats dragged around for hours on the river by hooked rays. Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic, "This giant stingray could be world's biggest freshwater fish," 24 Dec. 2019 Three-quarters of those surveyed owned a smartphone in their teens and of them, 41% were hooked to phones even before graduating from high school. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Switching their phones off makes Indians bored, sad, and disconnected," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hooked

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2020

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“Hooked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hooked. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce hooked (audio) How to pronounce hooked (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hooked

: shaped like a hook
: addicted to a drug
: very interested in and enthusiastic about something


\ ˈhu̇kt How to pronounce hooked (audio) \

Kids Definition of hooked

1 : shaped like or provided with a hook a hooked beak
2 : fascinated by or fond of something He's hooked on computer games.

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