[ noun ad-ikt; verb uh-dikt ]
/ noun ˈæd ɪkt; verb əˈdɪkt /
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Sometimes Offensive.
  1. a person who has become physically or psychologically dependent on a chemical substance: a drug addict.
  2. a person with an uncontrolled compulsion to continue engaging in an activity despite suffering negative personal or professional consequences: treatment programs for sex addicts and pathological gamblers.
a devoted fan; enthusiast; devotee: She’s a real baseball addict.My kids are manga addicts.
verb (used with object)
to cause to become physically 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.


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Origin of addict

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin addictus “assigned, surrendered,” past participle of addīcere, equivalent to ad- “toward” + dic-, variant stem of dīcere “to fix, determine”; see ad-

usage note for addict

Drug and alcohol addiction was historically considered a moral failing, demonstrating a weakness of character. This disparaging connotation persists in the nouns addict and alcoholic , in spite of our evolving modern understanding of the problem.
Addiction is the complicated result of genetic predisposition intersecting with dysfunctional behavior, neurochemical modification, environmental factors, and social influences. Many major medical associations treat addiction as a disease, in part because it is a chronic condition that is demonstrably present in a person’s neurophysiology.
Medical professionals, specialists, and advocates in the addiction treatment and recovery community suggest using language that focuses on the whole person and specifically mentions addiction or addictive behaviors only when those details are relevant. As an alternative to calling someone an addict or alcoholic , describe that individual who is addicted to painkillers , a person with drug addiction , the one who drinks alcohol excessively , or someone who uses amphetamines .
Labels matter. People who have an addiction are human beings, first and foremost. They should not be reduced by the label addict or alcoholic to be defined by a single facet of their complex humanity.


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British Dictionary definitions for addict


verb (əˈdɪkt)
(tr; usually passive often foll by to) to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, esp a narcotic drug)
noun (ˈædɪkt)
a person who is addicted, esp to narcotic drugs
informal a person who is devoted to somethinga jazz addict

Word Origin for addict

C16: (as adj and as vb; n use C20): from Latin addictus given over, from addīcere to give one's assent to, from ad- to + dīcere to say
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for addict

[ ădĭkt ]

One who is addicted, as to narcotics or a compulsive activity.
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