Definition of addict in English:



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

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