What does addict mean?

Definitions for addict
ˈæd ɪkt; əˈdɪktad·dict

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word addict.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. addict, nut, freak, junkie, junkynoun

    someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction

    "a golf addict"; "a car nut"; "a bodybuilding freak"; "a news junkie"

  2. addictverb

    someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance; abrupt deprivation of the substance produces withdrawal symptoms

  3. addict, hookverb

    to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)


  1. addictnoun

    A person who is addicted, especially to a harmful drug

  2. addictnoun

    An adherent or fan (of something)

  3. addictverb

    To cause someone to become addicted, especially to a harmful drug

  4. addictverb

    To involve oneself in something habitually, to the exclusion of almost anything else.

  5. addictverb

    To adapt; to make suitable; to fit.

  6. Etymology: From addictus, past participle of addico, from ad- + dico

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ADDICTverb

    Etymology: addico, Lat.

    Ye know the house of Stephanus, that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints. 1 Cor. xvi. 15.


  1. addict

    Addiction is a neuropsychological disorder characterized by a persistent and intense urge to engage in certain behaviors, one of which is the usage of a drug, despite substantial harm and other negative consequences. Repetitive drug use often alters brain function in ways that perpetuate craving, and weakens (but does not completely negate) self-control. This phenomenon – drugs reshaping brain function – has led to an understanding of addiction as a brain disorder with a complex variety of psychosocial as well as neurobiological (and thus involuntary) factors that are implicated in addiction's development. Classic signs of addiction include compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, preoccupation with substances or behavior, and continued use despite negative consequences. Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs).Examples of drug (or more generally, substance) addictions include alcoholism, marijuana addiction, amphetamine addiction, cocaine addiction, nicotine addiction, opioid addiction, and eating or food addiction. Alternatively, behavioral addictions may include gambling addiction, internet addiction, video game addiction, pornography addiction and sexual addiction. The only behavioral addiction recognized by the DSM-5 and the ICD-10 is gambling addiction. With the introduction of the ICD-11 gaming addiction was appended.The term "addiction" is frequently misused when referring to other compulsive behaviors or disorders, particularly dependence, in news media. An important distinction between drug addiction and dependence is that drug dependence is a disorder in which cessation of drug use results in an unpleasant state of withdrawal, which can lead to further drug use. Addiction is the compulsive use of a substance or performance of a behavior that is independent of withdrawal. Addiction can occur in the absence of dependence, and dependence can occur in the absence of addiction, although the two often occur together.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Addict

    addicted; devoted

  2. Addictverb

    to apply habitually; to devote; to habituate; -- with to

  3. Addictverb

    to adapt; to make suitable; to fit

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Addict

    ad-dikt′, v.t. to give (one's self) up to (generally in a bad sense): (B.) to devote or dedicate one's self to.—adjs. Addict′, Addict′ed, given up to (with to).—ns. Addict′edness, Addic′tion. [L. addicĕre, addictumad, to, dicĕre, to declare.]

Suggested Resources

  1. addict

    Song lyrics by addict -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by addict on the Lyrics.com website.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce addict?

How to say addict in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of addict in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of addict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of addict in a Sentence

  1. Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford:

    I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.

  2. Chuck Negron:

    I have a 47-year-old daughter, who we’re very close now… But her mother left, took her, I didn’t see her for years, i have a son, Chuckie, whose mother was an addict. I was an addict. And he ended up, of course, being an addict… He ended up in prison, which broke my heart… Now he’s clean and doing well.

  3. Matt Gaetz:

    They don’t want to fund the police, they want to addict the police to the federal dollar, and that comes with a more efficient way to ensure centralized decision-making.

  4. Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford:

    Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine, am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors.

  5. Johanna Dalez:

    It's like a drug. I always tell people who start dancing that once they start, they become an addict.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for addict

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ሱሰኛAmharic
  • مدمنة, مدمنArabic
  • пристрастявам, привърженик, навиквам, наркоман, пристрастявам сеBulgarian
  • addicteCatalan, Valencian
  • závislák, fanatikCzech
  • addictDanish
  • Süchtiger, süchtigGerman
  • toksomaniulo, maniuloEsperanto
  • [[causar]] [[adicción]] [[en]], [[volver]] [[adicto]], drogadicto, toxicómano, adictoSpanish
  • sõltlaneEstonian
  • [[tulla]] [[riippuvaiseksi]], riippuvainen, orjuuttaa, alkoholisoida, [[jäädä]] [[koukkuun]], addikti, omistautua, alkoholisti, [[saada]] [[koukkuun]], kannattaja, -himoinen, entusiasti, fani, väärinkäyttäjä, narkomaaniFinnish
  • dépendant, dépendante, intoxiquéFrench
  • andúileachIrish
  • tràill, leanmhainneachScottish Gaelic
  • narcomano, dependenteInterlingua
  • dipendenteItalian
  • 中毒者Japanese
  • ಅಳುಪುKannada
  • 중독자Korean
  • dependensLatin
  • fan, verslaafdeDutch
  • uzależniony, maniak, nałogowiec, fanatyk, entuzjastaPolish
  • adicto, fanático, viciado, entusiasta, viciar, viciar-sePortuguese
  • зависимыйRussian
  • người nghiệnVietnamese
  • 癮君子Chinese

Get even more translations for addict »


Find a translation for the addict definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"addict." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 22 Mar. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/addict>.

Discuss these addict definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for addict? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
    • A. investigating
    • B. accessory
    • C. aspiration
    • D. troop

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for addict: