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[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.
1550-60; addict + -ed2
Related forms
addictedness, noun
nonaddicted, adjective
unaddicted, adjective
well-addicted, adjective


[n. ad-ikt; v. uh-dikt] /n. ˈæd ɪkt; v. 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.
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 forms
nonaddict, noun
nonaddicting, adjective
1. adherent, devotee; fanatic; junkie. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for addicted
  • Most people who experiment with drugs, then, do not become addicted.
  • And for riders addicted to the rush of pant-flapping velocity, there is no alternative choice.
  • And, severely addicted people on certain narcotics not only need help in getting off their addiction.
  • If you can't stop ordering dopamine, you're probably addicted.
  • How rare such places have become in a society addicted to quick fixes, executive summaries, and idiot's guides.
  • The lifelong teetotaller and anti-smoker was addicted to sleeping pills.
  • And for snowboarders addicted to the sounds of jacket-flapping velocity, there is no other option.
  • First, treatment seekers may be more severely addicted than self-changers.
  • And as drug use rises in society, they added, the number of addicted nurses is probably increasing.
  • Though readers might feel addicted to their blogs, participants in the study did not report feeling overloaded.
British Dictionary definitions for addicted


verb (əˈdɪkt)
(transitive; 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 something: a jazz addict
Word Origin
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 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.



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.


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

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addicted in Medicine

addict ad·dict (ə-dĭkt')
v. ad·dict·ed, ad·dict·ing, ad·dicts
To become or cause to become compulsively and physiologically dependent on a habit-forming substance. n. (ād'ĭkt)
One who is addicted, as to narcotics.

ad·dic'tive adj.
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