- 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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Related Wordsperpetual, inveterate, chronic, repeated, addicted, hardened, discipline, school, adjust, inure, confirm, season, devote, acclimate, acclimatize, harden, train, addict, tolerate, familiarize
Examples from the Web for addicting
The addicting ditty “One of These Things” was used to help children learn to compare and discern differences.‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome
November 10, 2014
Each of the four main female characters in Witches of East End has their own fast-evolving and addicting storylines.Lifetime’s ‘Witches of East End’ Is the Ultimate Witch Show
November 21, 2013
Every sentence, every scene, works in service of the plot, which moves with addicting pace.This Week’s Hot Reads: July 29, 2013
Jessica Ferri, Damaris Colhoun
July 29, 2013
The pace, rhythm, crazy spins, personalities, and, as I quickly learned, unique underground subculture were addicting.Ping-Pong: America’s Most Overlooked Sport?
August 12, 2012
But he resisted it with great courage, addicting himself more than ever to the hardy exercises of the camp.Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume I (of 3)
In one point of view he committed a great error in addicting himself to the drama.The Age of Dryden
An aged hermit named Sergius dwelt in the wilds of Arabia, addicting himself to the pursuit of religion and alchemy.The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales
Economists have of late been reproached with addicting themselves too much to the study of Wealth.Harmonies of Political Economy
- (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 addicting
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.