Definition of addict in US English:



  • 1A person who is addicted to a particular substance, typically an illegal drug.

    ‘a former heroin addict’
    • ‘Police say there are currently around 3,000 heroin and crack cocaine addicts in the town.’
    • ‘Officers say most burglars are heroin or crack addicts who need cash to feed their drug habits.’
    • ‘When you are an heroin addict the only thing that matters to you is where you are going to get your next hit from and you will do anything to get it.’
    • ‘This means that they can't resell the drug to other addicts, and use the cash to buy heroin.’
    • ‘Heroin addicts should be able to register and get supplies on prescription.’
    • ‘We are happy to provide needle exchange schemes for drug addicts, and their addictions are treatable.’
    • ‘She lived the typical chaotic lifestyle of a heroin addict and a convicted drug dealer had access to her flat.’
    • ‘One of the boys had been an heroin addict but he had got off it.’
    • ‘The family wanted Daniel out of the house and even told the hospital he was a drug addict.’
    • ‘A heroin addict who ran a drugs den frequented by dealers at all hours of the day has been jailed for 18 months.’
    • ‘The project, the first of its kind in the York area, aims to help addicts of heroin and other opiate drugs such as methadone.’
    • ‘Some addicts become as reliant on methadone as they were on heroin.’
    • ‘The raid resulted in four arrests, as the police walked in whilst four addicts were using drugs.’
    • ‘She has called for more support to be made available for former drug addicts coming out of prison.’
    • ‘But do they suffer the same level of discrimination as drug users or addicts?’
    • ‘So they wouldn't let my grandma home from hospital because they knew I was living with her and I was a drug addict.’
    • ‘Switzerland and a few other countries now prescribe heroin to some addicts.’
    • ‘A former heroin and crack addict, he has been off drugs and in the community for five years.’
    • ‘Drug addicts are being sold impure substances which are far more harmful than the real thing.’
    • ‘Children of drug addicts, and addicts ' siblings, will be the main focus for help.’
    abuser, user
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    1. 1.1informal with modifier An enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity.
      ‘a self-confessed chocolate addict’
      ‘a must-buy book for the crossword-puzzle addict’
      • ‘I know you've been watching this, you shameful, shallow little telly addicts.’
      • ‘My friend, who is a self-confessed salad addict and doesn't eat meat, opted for the salad nicoise.’
      • ‘He has become a real Internet addict and in his spare time he loves surfing the net for news.’
      • ‘Bermuda's telly addicts have much to look forward to in the months to come.’
      • ‘The Elvis impersonator and telly addict is back on the box tomorrow.’
      • ‘It will be obvious to those who recognise my lifestyle that I am not a television addict.’
      • ‘It was the most boring period of my life and I have become a telly addict.’
      • ‘I'm now a fully-fledged property addict and I enjoy the creative side of it, as well as the business side.’
      • ‘Ryedale table tennis addict Cliff Edens has just been honoured with a national award for his services to the game.’
      • ‘On the train from Swansea to Carmarthen I sat next to a mobile phone addict.’
      • ‘Well, if you are a fresh air addict, you might take a very dim view of that.’
      • ‘This piece of literature appeals to the tastes of many, whether you're a history buff or sex addict.’
      • ‘Gadget addicts can finally throw away their ever-growing collection of chargers.’
      • ‘If the hippie happens to be a prog rock addict then it gets worse.’
      • ‘Any scrapbook addict like myself would do well to keep all and paste them in the same scrapbook.’
      • ‘I have been asking a couple friends who are television addicts what am I missing.’
      • ‘Maybe you're a chocolate addict, ever ready to spend your petty cash on another bar of Snickers.’
      • ‘Even the most diehard personal finance addict is likely to be bamboozled by this one.’
      • ‘Britain is full of telly addicts who spend little time curled up with a good book, a new survey confirms.’
      • ‘If you are a real caffeine addict, then have the breakfast juice from day two each morning.’
      enthusiast, fan, fanatic, lover, devotee, aficionado, master, wizard
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Early 20th century: from the obsolete verb addict, which was a back-formation from addicted.