- 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
- 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 addicted
Paddle8 already has a “sticky collector base who are addicted to the site,” he says.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
He dealt drugs, was addicted to cocaine by the time he was 13, and found himself constantly in trouble with the law.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
December 7, 2014
I sometimes feel vexed by—but also addicted to—a sense of conflict, or a sense of being at odds with myself, or my choices.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
In this “Just Say No” society, are we addicted to drug testing?Are We Addicted to Drug Testing?
May 27, 2014
She wore her wounds with pride, addicted to looking as sick as she felt—a warrior in an interminable battle against herself.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
They do not wear gloves, nor are they addicted to scent on their pocket-handkerchiefs.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
In politics one afflicted with self-respect and addicted to the vice of independence.The Devil's Dictionary
He was remarkably truthful, and was neither dissipated nor addicted to drink.Father Sergius
He was so 'addicted to lying that his parents could not distinguish when he was speaking the truth.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
To the use of lots and auguries, they are addicted beyond all other nations.Tacitus on Germany
- (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 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.
1909, in reference to morphine, from addict (v.).
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.
- One who is addicted, as to narcotics or a compulsive activity.