Definition of addict in English:


Syllabification: ad·dict
Pronunciation: /ˈadikt


1A person who is addicted to a particular substance, typically an illegal drug: a former heroin addict
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  • But do they suffer the same level of discrimination as drug users or addicts?
  • A heroin addict who ran a drugs den frequented by dealers at all hours of the day has been jailed for 18 months.
  • She lived the typical chaotic lifestyle of a heroin addict and a convicted drug dealer had access to her flat.
abuser, user, drug addict
informal junkie, druggie, -head, -freak, pill-popper, dope fiend
1.1 [with modifier] informal An enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity: a must-buy book for the crossword-puzzle addict a self-confessed chocolate addict
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  • The Elvis impersonator and telly addict is back on the box tomorrow.
  • My friend, who is a self-confessed salad addict and doesn't eat meat, opted for the salad nicoise.
  • This piece of literature appeals to the tastes of many, whether you're a history buff or sex addict.


early 20th century: from the obsolete verb addict, which was a back-formation from addicted.

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