[n. ad-ikt; v. uh-dikt]
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)

nonaddict, noun
nonaddicting, adjective

1. adherent, devotee; fanatic; junkie. Unabridged
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vb (often foll by to)
1.  to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, esp a narcotic drug)
2.  a person who is addicted, esp to narcotic drugs
3.  informal a person who is devoted to something: a jazz 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 & History

1520s, adj., "delivered, devoted," from L. addictus, pp. of addicere "to deliver, award, yield, devote," from ad- "to" + dicere "say, declare" (see diction), but also "adjudge, allot." Modern sense is really self-addicted "to give over or award (oneself) to someone or some
practice" (c.1600); specialization to narcotics dependency is from c.1910. The noun is first recorded 1909, in reference to morphine. Related: Addicted (1530s, "delivered over" by judicial sentence; modern meaning "dependent on a drug" from 1913); adj. addictive (1939 in the narcotics sense).
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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
It's a potentially addicting system, but it seriously limits the amount of work
  you can do right away.
Most medically approved drugs that are addicting, however, are generally only
  available by prescription.
Tobacco contains nicotine, the addicting drug in tobacco products.
We are beginning to understand there are common brain changes characteristic to
  every addicting substance.
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