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Definition of "addict" []

  • To cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance: The thief was addicted to cocaine. (verb-transitive)
  • To occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in something habitually or compulsively: The child was addicted to video games. (verb-transitive)
  • One who is addicted, as to narcotics or a compulsive activity. (noun)
  • A devoted adherent; a fan: "We are all . . . addicts of change” ( Christopher Lasch). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "addict" in a sentence
  • "Who knew that all you had to do was sit on the floor of the bathroom for 24 hours, suffer the dry heaves for a while and boom, just like that, a years-long Vicodin addict is in recovery."
  • "I'm not a label addict, although I will check out Donna Karan, Dolce "
  • "Evans became a full-blown heroin addict during his time with the Miles Davis Sextet in 1958 and 1959."