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addicted Line breaks: ad|dict¦ed
Pronunciation: /əˈdɪktɪd/

Definition of addicted in English:


(usually addicted to)
1Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance: 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, given to using, given to abusing, in the habit of using;
dependent, obsessive, obsessional
informal hooked on
US informal wackadoo, wackadoodle
1.1 informal Enthusiastically 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.


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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