Definitions for: Addict


[n] someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance; abrupt deprivation of the substance produces withdrawal symptoms
[n] someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction; "a golf addict"; "a car nut"; "a control freak"
[v] to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, esp. a narcotic drug)



Webster (1913) Definition: Ad*dict", p. p.
Addicted; devoted. [Obs.]


Ad*dict", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Addicted; p. pr. & vb.
n. Addicting.] [L. addictus, p. p. of addicere to adjudge,
devote; ad + dicere to say. See Diction.]
1. To apply habitually; to devote; to habituate; -- with to.
``They addict themselves to the civil law.'' --Evelyn.

He is addicted to his study. --Beau. & Fl.

That part of mankind that addict their minds to
speculations. --Adventurer.

His genius addicted him to the study of antiquity.
--Fuller.

A man gross . . . and addicted to low company.
--Macaulay.

2. To adapt; to make suitable; to fit. [Obs.]

The land about is exceedingly addicted to wood, but
the coldness of the place hinders the growth.
--Evelyn.

Syn: Addict, Devote, Consecrate, Dedicate. Addict was
formerly used in a good sense; as, addicted to letters;
but is now mostly employed in a bad sense or an
indifferent one; as, addicted to vice; addicted to
sensual indulgence. ``Addicted to staying at home.''
--J. S. Mill. Devote is always taken in a good sense,
expressing habitual earnestness in the pursuit of some
favorite object; as, devoted to science. Consecrate and
dedicate express devotion of a higher kind, involving
religious sentiment; as, consecrated to the service of
the church; dedicated to God.

Synonyms: freak, hook, nut

See Also: accustom, caffein addict, caffeine addict, drug addict, drug user, enthusiast, habituate, junkie, junky, partisan, partizan, speed freak, substance abuser, use, user

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