Definition of addicted in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdiktəd/


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 pills
More example sentences
  • 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.
dependent on
informal hooked on, strung out on
1.1Enthusiastically devoted to a particular thing or activity: he’s addicted to computers
More 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.
devoted to, obsessed with, fixated on, dedicated to, fanatical about, passionate about, enamored of, a slave to
informal hooked on, wild about, mad about, crazy about, nuts about


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'.

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Syllabification: ad·dict·ed

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