addicted









addicted


adjective

  1. 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.

noun

  1. a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance: a drug addict.

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.

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
adj.

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.

n.

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

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.

n.

  1. One who is addicted, as to narcotics or a compulsive activity.

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