- a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance: a drug addict.
- to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on an addictive substance, as alcohol or a narcotic.
- to habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively: a writer addicted to the use of high-flown language; children addicted to video games.
Origin of addict
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Examples from the Web for addict
They were getting more imaginative,” a pawn shop owner thinks of his addict customers in “Back of Beyond.This Week’s Hot Reads: December 22, 2014
December 22, 2014
This system, had it only been more widely available when I was an addict from 2001 to 2003, would have saved me.This Anti-Heroin Drug Is Now King of the Jailhouse Drug Trade
July 17, 2014
He died because he was an addict on a day of the week with a y in it.Coming Out of the Addiction Closet
May 10, 2014
An addict could be prescribed Dilaudid with out the stigma and resonance that a drug like heroin carries with it.Legal, Regulated Heroin Could Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman
Valerie Vande Panne
February 18, 2014
But as any addict will tell you, every single day is a fight for sobriety.Heroin: America’s Silent Assassin
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Robert M. Lober, MD, PhD
February 3, 2014
He was a gambler and this talk was like the taste of drugs to an addict.Deathworld
He decided that she must be an addict of some drug, perhaps like the black lotus of Xuthal.The Devil in Iron
Robert E. Howard
Having this in view, one must addict one's self to speaking the truth.The Gtakaml
He's a man dressed in a weird outfit out of an addict's nightmare and appears to be the boss of this crew of rugged campers.The Ethical Engineer
Henry Maxwell Dempsey
From their infancy they addict themselves to exercises best calculated to increase the strength and suppleness of their limbs.Austria
- (tr; usually passive often foll by to) to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, esp a narcotic drug)
- a person who is addicted, esp to narcotic drugs
- informal a person who is devoted to somethinga jazz addict
Word Origin and History for addict
1530s (implied in addicted), from Latin addictus, past participle of addicere "to deliver, award, yield; give assent, make over, sell," figuratively "to devote, consecrate; sacrifice, sell out, betray" from ad- "to" (see ad-) + dicere "say, declare" (see diction), but also "adjudge, allot." Earlier in English as an adjective, "delivered, devoted" (1520s). Related: Addicted; addicting.
1909, in reference to morphine, from addict (v.).
- One who is addicted, as to narcotics or a compulsive activity.