addict

[noun ad-ikt; verb uh-dikt]
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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.

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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addict

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

addict

n.

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

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.

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addicting in Medicine

addict

[ădĭkt]
n.
  1. One who is addicted, as to narcotics or a compulsive activity.
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