- 1Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects: she became addicted to alcohol and diet pillsMore example sentences
dependent on• informal hooked on, strung out on
- When I was 21 I went to prison for the first time and by then I was addicted to heroin.
- The proposals would force young people addicted to heroin and cocaine to either submit to treatment or face the full force of the law.
- We estimate that some 20,000 young people are currently addicted to heroin and cocaine.
- 1.1Enthusiastically devoted to a particular thing or activity: he’s addicted to computersMore example sentences
- Children addicted to computers are being sent on camping holidays designed to help them kick the habit.
- I have learned to be spiritual and meditate a lot, and I am addicted to the computer.
- David James was famously addicted to computer games back in his Liverpool days.
mid 16th century: from the obsolete adjective addict 'bound or devoted (to someone)', from Latin addict- 'assigned', from the verb addicere, from ad- 'to' + dicere 'say'.