- 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.
- (tr; usually passive often foll by to) to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, esp a narcotic drug)
- a person who is addicted, esp to narcotic drugs
- informal a person who is devoted to somethinga jazz addict
1909, in reference to morphine, from addict (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.
- One who is addicted, as to narcotics or a compulsive activity.