Verb addict Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


addict (third-person singular simple present addicts, present participle addicting, simple past and past participle addicted)

  1. To cause someone to become addicted, especially to a harmful drug
  2. To involve oneself in something habitually, to the exclusion of almost anything else.
  3. (obsolete) To adapt; to make suitable; to fit.

More definition:

1.a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance, a drug addict. cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on an addictive substance, as alcohol or a narcotic. habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively, a writer addicted to the use of high-flown language; children addicted to video games.

1. (transitive; usually passive) often foll by to. to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, esp a narcotic drug) noun (ˈædɪkt)

2. a person who is addicted, esp to narcotic drugs

3. (informal) a person who is devoted to something, a jazz addict Word OriginC16, (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 sayCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.).


The kidnapper was the child's mother, a drug addict, who no longer had custody and tried to spirit her daughter away.

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