Definition of addiction in US English:



  • The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.

    ‘he committed the theft to finance his drug addiction’
    ‘an addiction to gambling’
    • ‘Many now see drug addiction as a health and social problem rather than a criminal one.’
    • ‘Participants are offered help in everything from fighting drug addiction to getting a job.’
    • ‘But her young life was cut short after she became caught in a spiral of drug addiction.’
    • ‘Critics have claimed the explosion of new casinos could lead to a rise in addiction to gambling.’
    • ‘He is receiving help with his alcohol addiction and wants to stop this offending behaviour.’
    • ‘For years before that, he struggled with drug and alcohol addictions while repeatedly clashing with the law.’
    • ‘It is widely used as a substitute for patients who are attempting to combat addiction to heroin.’
    • ‘There is a genuine debate about how to deal with the harm done by drug addiction.’
    • ‘The excess body weight has now gone, along with his addiction to alcohol and drugs.’
    • ‘It is the supporters of the current system who are not serious about fighting drug addiction.’
    • ‘Almost everyone here knows someone whose child is struggling with drug addiction.’
    • ‘It went wrong for us fairly quickly, mostly as a result of my worsening drug addiction.’
    • ‘I had been struggling with crack and heroin addiction through a long period of my life.’
    • ‘He soon started using harder drugs and supported his addictions through criminal activities.’
    • ‘It is now widely accepted that a high proportion of crime is the result of drug addiction.’
    • ‘She was embarrassed about her drug addiction and wanted to do something about it.’
    • ‘I held down various jobs through my addiction but soon my usage was an everyday occurrence.’
    • ‘He recently confessed to betraying his friends to fuel his drug and gambling addictions, running up huge debts in the process.’
    • ‘This then traps the users into a world of addiction, which is very hard to get out of.’
    • ‘The suicide rate is one of the highest in Europe, and there is alcoholism and drug addiction.’
    dependency, dependence, craving, habit, weakness, compulsion, fixation, enslavement
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Late 16th century (denoting a person's inclination or proclivity): from Latin addictio(n-), from addicere ‘assign’ (see addicted).