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  1. devoted or given up to a practice or habit or to something psychologically or physically habit-forming (usually followed by to): to be addicted to drugs.
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Origin of addicted

First recorded in 1550–60; addict + -ed2
Related formsad·dict·ed·ness, nounnon·ad·dict·ed, adjectiveun·ad·dict·ed, adjectivewell-ad·dict·ed, adjective


[noun ad-ikt; verb uh-dikt]
  1. a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance: a drug addict.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on an addictive substance, as alcohol or a narcotic.
  2. 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

1520–30; < Latin addictus assigned, surrendered (past participle of addīcere, equivalent to ad- ad- + dic- (variant stem of dīcere to fix, determine) + -tus past participle suffix)
Related formsnon·ad·dict, nounnon·ad·dict·ing, adjective


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  • They do not wear gloves, nor are they addicted to scent on their pocket-handkerchiefs.

  • In politics one afflicted with self-respect and addicted to the vice of independence.

  • He was remarkably truthful, and was neither dissipated nor addicted to drink.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • He was so 'addicted to lying that his parents could not distinguish when he was speaking the truth.


    James Anthony Froude

  • To the use of lots and auguries, they are addicted beyond all other nations.

British Dictionary definitions for addicted


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

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
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Word Origin and History for addicted


1530s, "delivered over" by judicial sentence; past participle adjective from addict (v.). Modern sense of "dependent" is short for self-addicted "to give over or award (oneself) to someone or some practice" (1560s; exact phrase from c.1600); specialization to narcotics dependency is from c.1910.

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1909, in reference to morphine, from addict (v.).

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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

addicted in Medicine


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