Definition of addicted in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdɪktɪd/


(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 jonesing on/for
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.
devoted to, dedicated to, fond of, partial to, keen on, enthusiastic about, enamoured of, in love with, infatuated with, obsessed with, fixated on, fanatical about
informal hooked on, gone on, wild about, nuts about, potty about, dotty about, crazy 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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