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

Definitions of addicting word

  • noun addicting a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance: a drug addict. 1
  • verb with object addicting to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on an addictive substance, as alcohol or a narcotic. 1
  • verb with object addicting to habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively: a writer addicted to the use of high-flown language; children addicted to video games. 1
  • noun addicting Present participle of addict. 1
  • adjective addicting (US) Causing addiction. 0

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Origin of addicting

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 Addicting


addicting 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 addicting

adj addicting

  • perpetual — continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
  • inveterate — settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler.
  • chronic — A chronic illness or disability lasts for a very long time. Compare acute.
  • repeated — done, made, or said again and again: repeated attempts.
  • addicted — Someone who is addicted to a harmful drug cannot stop taking it.

verb addicting

  • discipline — training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
  • school — a large number of fish, porpoises, whales, or the like, feeding or migrating together.
  • adjust — When you adjust to a new situation, you get used to it by changing your behaviour or your ideas.
  • inure — to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually followed by to): inured to cold.
  • confirm — If something confirms what you believe, suspect, or fear, it shows that it is definitely true.

adjective addicting

  • usual — habitual or customary: her usual skill.
  • practised — skilled or expert; proficient through practice or experience: a practiced hand at politics.

Antonyms for addicting

adj addicting

  • temporary — lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job.
  • infrequent — happening or occurring at long intervals or rarely: infrequent visits.
  • intermittent — stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again: an intermittent pain.
  • occasional — occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals; occurring now and then: an occasional headache.
  • unusual — not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.

verb addicting

  • veto — the power or right vested in one branch of a government to cancel or postpone the decisions, enactments, etc., of another branch, especially the right of a president, governor, or other chief executive to reject bills passed by the legislature.
  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  • neglect — to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.

Top questions with addicting

  • why is facebook addicting?
  • why is porn addicting?
  • why is porn so addicting?
  • why is minecraft so addicting?
  • why is nicotine so addicting?

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