[ druhg ]
/ drʌg /
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verb (used with object), drugged, drug·ging.
Verb Phrases
drug up, Informal. to take a drug, especially an illegal drug: kids hiding under the school bleachers to drug up;athletes who drug up in the off-season.
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Idioms about drug

    drug on the market, a commodity that is overabundant or in excess of demand in the market.Also drug in the market.

Origin of drug

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English drogges (plural), from Middle French drogue, of obscure origin

Other definitions for drug (2 of 3)

[ druhg ]
/ drʌg /

verb Nonstandard: Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
a simple past tense and past participle of drag.

Other definitions for drug (3 of 3)

[ droog ]
/ drʊg /

noun Zoroastrianism.
the cosmic principle of disorder and falsehood.
Compare Asha.

Origin of Drug

From the Avestan word drauga
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How to use drug in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for drug

/ (drʌɡ) /

any synthetic, semisynthetic, or natural chemical substance used in the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of disease, or for other medical reasonsRelated adjective: pharmaceutical
a chemical substance, esp a narcotic, taken for the pleasant effects it produces
drug on the market a commodity available in excess of the demands of the market
verb drugs, drugging or drugged (tr)
to mix a drug with (food, drink, etc)
to administer a drug to
to stupefy or poison with or as if with a drug

Other words from drug

Related prefix: pharmaco-

Derived forms of drug

druggy, adjective

Word Origin for drug

C14: from Old French drogue, probably of Germanic origin
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Scientific definitions for drug

[ drŭg ]

A chemical substance, especially one prescribed by a medical provider, that is used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a condition or disease. Drugs are prescribed for a limited amount of time, as for an acute infection, or on a regular basis for chronic disorders, such as hypertension.
A chemical substance such as a narcotic or a hallucinogen that affects the central nervous system and is used recreationally for perceived desirable effects on personality, perception, or behavior. Many recreational drugs are used illicitly and can be addictive.
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