[ uh-dik-tid ]
/ əˈdɪk tɪd /


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.

Origin of addicted

First recorded in 1550–60; addict + -ed2


ad·dict·ed·ness, nounnon·ad·dict·ed, adjectiveun·ad·dict·ed, adjectivewell-ad·dict·ed, adjective

Definition for addicted (2 of 2)

[ noun ad-ikt; verb uh-dikt ]
/ noun ˈæd ɪkt; verb əˈdɪkt /


a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance: a drug addict.

verb (used with object)

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

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)


non·ad·dict, nounnon·ad·dict·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for addicted


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
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Medical definitions for addicted

[ ădĭkt ]


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