Definition of addicted in English:



  • 1Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects.

    ‘she became addicted to alcohol and diet pills’
    • ‘He told me that alcohol was a worse thing to be addicted to than any drug, even heroin.’
    • ‘He has been addicted to heroin for several years and is on a drug rehabilitation programme.’
    • ‘When I was 21 I went to prison for the first time and by then I was addicted to heroin.’
    • ‘It is not at all uncommon for babies to be born already addicted to heroin or other opiates.’
    • ‘Both her parents were heroin addicts at the time and she had ended up addicted to crack cocaine.’
    • ‘She had become addicted to amphetamines since trying to lose weight five years ago and used small amounts of the drug every day.’
    • ‘Four percent of the Thai population is estimated to be addicted to the stimulant drug.’
    • ‘We estimate that some 20,000 young people are currently addicted to heroin and cocaine.’
    • ‘The proposals would force young people addicted to heroin and cocaine to either submit to treatment or face the full force of the law.’
    • ‘I know that I personally am only very slightly physically addicted to nicotine.’
    • ‘She started drinking heavily in her late teens and by the time she was in her twenties she was hopelessly addicted to alcohol.’
    • ‘At the time of his arrest he was heavily addicted to heroin and funded his habit by selling at a profit to pay for his own drugs.’
    • ‘A burglar in adolescence, he was addicted to heroin and behind bars before reaching voting age.’
    • ‘We are effectively physically addicted to such things as sugar, or carbohydrates, or fats.’
    • ‘Nicola had been addicted to heroin for six years, becoming hooked when a friend offered her the drug.’
    • ‘Here was a pretty young woman, with a caring job, who died because she was allergic to a substance she was addicted to.’
    • ‘In his third year he dropped out, his concentration was appalling and he was addicted to another drug which was much harder.’
    • ‘She was addicted to drugs and alcohol and she had been for many years.’
    • ‘This means your body is addicted to it and that is a lot harder to shake.’
    • ‘Being addicted to a substance usually means you're dependent on it to some degree.’
    dependent on, given to using, given to abusing, in the habit of using
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    1. 1.1informal Enthusiastically devoted to a particular thing or activity.
      ‘he's addicted to computers’
      • ‘I have learned to be spiritual and meditate a lot, and I am addicted to the computer.’
      • ‘I was also addicted to soft drinks so no wonder my teeth are so shot to pieces these days.’
      • ‘One can lock a child up in a mental hospital because he is addicted to the Internet.’
      • ‘Children addicted to computers are being sent on camping holidays designed to help them kick the habit.’
      • ‘David James was famously addicted to computer games back in his Liverpool days.’
      • ‘Ron is perhaps a war addict, but not an adrenalin junkie addicted to the rush of battlefield.’
      • ‘Technologically it points the way but what it lacks is the kind of feature that makes a user addicted to the phone.’
      devoted to, dedicated to, fond of, partial to, keen on, enthusiastic about, enamoured of, in love with, infatuated with, obsessed with, fixated on, fanatical about
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Mid 16th century: from the obsolete adjective addict ‘bound or devoted (to someone’), from Latin addict- ‘assigned’, from the verb addicere, from ad- ‘to’ + dicere ‘say’.