Definitions for DRUGdrʌg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

drugdrʌg(n.; v.)drugged, drug•ging.

  1. (n.)a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.

    Category: Pharmacology

  2. (in federal law) any substance listed in any of the recognized pharmacopoeias. any substance intended for use in the treatment or prevention of disease. any nonfood substance intended to affect any function of the body. any component of such a drug.

    Category: Law

  3. a habit-forming medicinal or illicit substance, esp. a narcotic.

    Category: Pharmacology

  4. drugs, chemical substances prepared and sold as pharmaceutical items either by prescription or over the counter.

    Category: Pharmacology

  5. Obs. any ingredient used in chemistry, pharmacy, dyeing, or the like.

  6. (v.t.)to administer a medicinal drug to.

    Category: Pharmacology

  7. to stupefy or poison with a drug.

  8. to mix (food or drink) with a drug, esp. a stupefying, narcotic or poisonous drug.

Idioms for drug:

  1. drug on the market,a commodity that is overabundant or not in demand in the market.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of drug:

1300–50; ME drogges (pl.) < MF drogue


  1. Category: Common Vocabulary, Dialect

    Ref: a pt. and pp. of drag .

* Nonstandard..

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drug(verb)

    a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic

  2. drug, dose(verb)

    administer a drug to

    "They drugged the kidnapped tourist"

  3. drug, do drugs(verb)

    use recreational drugs

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. drug(noun)ʌg

    an illegal substance people put into their bodies to get high

    to take drugs; The suspect was on drugs.

  2. drugʌg

    a medicine for treating illness

    research on drugs for cancer; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  3. drug(verb)ʌg

    to give sb a drug without their consent to make them unconscious or sleepy

    They drugged and kidnapped her.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drug(verb)

    to drudge; to toil laboriously

  2. Drug(noun)

    a drudge (?)

  3. Drug(noun)

    any animal, vegetable, or mineral substance used in the composition of medicines; any stuff used in dyeing or in chemical operations

  4. Drug(noun)

    any commodity that lies on hand, or is not salable; an article of slow sale, or in no demand

  5. Drug(verb)

    to prescribe or administer drugs or medicines

  6. Drug(verb)

    to affect or season with drugs or ingredients; esp., to stupefy by a narcotic drug. Also Fig

  7. Drug(verb)

    to tincture with something offensive or injurious

  8. Drug(verb)

    to dose to excess with, or as with, drugs


  1. Drug

    A drug is a substance which may have medicinal, intoxicating, performance enhancing or other effects when taken or put into a human body or the body of another animal and is not considered a food or exclusively a food. What is considered a drug rather than a food varies between cultures, and distinctions between drugs and foods and between kinds of drug are enshrined in laws which vary between jurisdictions and aim to restrict or prevent drug use. Even within a jurisdiction, however, the status of a substance may be uncertain or contested with respect to both whether it is a drug and how it should be classified if at all. There is no single, precise definition, as there are different meanings in drug control law, government regulations, medicine, and colloquial usage. In pharmacology, a drug is "a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being." Drugs may be prescribed for a limited duration, or on a regular basis for chronic disorders. Recreational drugs are chemical substances that affect the central nervous system, such as opioids or hallucinogens. They may be used for perceived beneficial effects on perception, consciousness, personality, and behavior. Some drugs can cause addiction and/or habituation.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'DRUG' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2065

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRUG' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2869

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRUG' in Nouns Frequency: #429

Translations for DRUG

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any substance used in medicine

She has been prescribed a new drug for her stomach-pains.

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