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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [noun ad-ikt; verb uh-dikt]
    • /noun ˈæd ɪkt; verb əˈdɪkt/
    • /ˈæd.ɪkt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [noun ad-ikt; verb uh-dikt]
    • /noun ˈæd ɪkt; verb əˈdɪkt/

Definitions of addict word

  • countable noun addict An addict is someone who takes harmful drugs and cannot stop taking them. 3
  • countable noun addict If you say that someone is an addict, you mean that they like a particular activity very much and spend as much time doing it as they can. 3
  • verb addict to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, esp a narcotic drug) 3
  • noun addict a person who is addicted, esp to narcotic drugs 3
  • noun addict a person who is devoted to something 3
  • verb transitive addict to give (oneself) up to some strong habit 3

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Origin of addict

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
1520-30; < Latin addictus assigned, surrendered (past participle of addīcere, equivalent to ad- ad- + dic- (variant stem of dīcere to fix, determine) + -tus past participle suffix)

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Parts of speech for Addict


addict popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for addict

noun addict

  • devotee — Someone who is a devotee of a subject or activity is very enthusiastic about it.
  • practitioner — a person engaged in the practice of a profession, occupation, etc.: a medical practitioner.
  • fanatic — a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.
  • follower — a person or thing that follows.
  • junkie — a drug addict, especially one addicted to heroin.

verb addict

  • take to — to get into one's hold or possession by voluntary action: to take a cigarette out of a box; to take a pen and begin to write.
  • addicting — a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance: a drug addict.
  • habituate — to accustom (a person, the mind, etc.), as to a particular situation: Wealth habituated him to luxury.
  • disciplined — having or exhibiting discipline; rigorous: paintings characterized by a disciplined technique.

Antonyms for addict

noun addict

  • detractor — The detractors of a person or thing are people who criticize that person or thing.

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