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Definition: Addict


Quick Summary of Addict

A person who is addicted, especially to a harmful drug.

What is the dictionary definition of Addict?

Dictionary Definition

An addict is the habitual user of any habit-forming drug such as a narcotic, tranquiliser, hallucinatory drug or amphetamines.


  • to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on an addictive substance, as alcohol or a narcotic.
  • to habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively: an author addicted to the use of convoluted language; a child addicted to computer games.


  • A person who is addicted, especially to a harmful drug
  • An adherent or fan (of something)

Full Definition of Addict

Any individual who habitually uses any narcotic drug so as to endanger the public morals, health, safety, or welfare, or who is so drawn to the use of such narcotic drugs as to have lost the power of self-control with reference to his or her drug use.

Addiction to narcotics is not a crime in itself, but that does not excuse violation of related statutes. It may be an offense to be under the influence of an illegal drug in a public place, even though being an addict is not illegal. While such a statute is intended to protect society from the dangers of drug abuse and the antisocial conduct of drug abusers, it generally is not necessary for conviction to prove that the defendant was disturbing the peace when arrested.

Synonyms For Addict

drug addict, druggie, addicted, junkie, crackhead

Related Phrases

Drugs and Narcotics

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Addict. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd.
March 31, 2023
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Addict. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: March 31, 2023).
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Addict. Retrieved March 31, 2023
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Addict are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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