- 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.
Origin of addictfrom obsolete sense, to give (oneself) up to some strong habit, back-formation from addicted
- a person physically or psychologically dependent on some habit, esp. on 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 have a medically or psychologically significant addiction: 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.
- A person who has an addiction, 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”)