addict[ə dikt′; for n., ad′ikt]
- The definition of an addict is a person who has a constant need for a substance or activity.
A person who constantly has to have cocaine is an example of a drug addict.
- Addict is defined as to cause someone to become dependent on a habit or substance.
Getting someone to feel they need daily ice cream cones is an example of addict.
- to give (oneself) up to some strong habit: usually in the passive voice
- to cause (someone) to become addicted to some habit
Origin of addict; from Classical Latin addictus, past participle of addicere, to give assent ; from ad-, to + dicere, to say: see diction
- a person addicted to some habit, esp. to the use of a narcotic drug
- an ardent supporter; devotee: a baseball addict
transitive verbad·dict·ed, ad·dict·ing, ad·dicts
- To cause to be physiologically or psychologically dependent: The thief was addicted to cocaine. My uncle is addicted to gambling.
- a. To occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in something habitually: That show was so good that I became addicted to watching it.b. To cause to use something on a regular or dependent basis: economies that are addicted to fossil fuels.
- One who is addicted, as to narcotics or gambling.
- A devoted adherent; a fan: a soap-opera addict.
Origin of addictLatin addīcere, addict-, to sentence : ad-, ad- + dīcere, to adjudge; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present addicts, present participle addicting, simple past and past participle addicted)
From Latin addictus, past participle of addīcō (“deliver; devote; surrender”), from ad- (“to, towards, at”) + dīcō (“say; declare”)