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Addict is sometimes a misspelling of adequate.

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Definition of the noun addict

What does addict mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: addicts

  1. someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction
    • example: a golf addict
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of addict: freak / junkie / junky / nut
    • more generic words: enthusiast / partisan / partizan = an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
    • more specific term: gym rat = someone who spends all leisure time playing sports or working out in a gymnasium or health spa
  2. someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance; abrupt deprivation of the substance produces withdrawal symptoms

Alternative definition of the noun addict


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

Specialised definition of the noun addict

Glossary of sports

a person who is addicted to a harmful drug (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb addict

What does addict mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: addicted | addicting | addicts

  1. to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]Mary addicted him
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Stimulus]I addicted him to Douglas Adams
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Stimulus, subject control with -ing]Mary addicted him to going on long journeys

      Addict Verbs (with the same syntax): bias, dispose, incline, invite, predispose, slant, woo.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of addict: hook
    • more generic words: accustom / habituate = make psychologically or physically used
    • entailment: habituate / use = take or consume

Alternative definition of the verb addict


  1. To cause someone to become addicted, especially to a harmful drug
    • synonym: get (someone) hooked
  2. To involve oneself in something habitually, to the exclusion of almost anything else.
  3. [obsolete] To adapt; to make suitable; to fit.


"Addict" a.k.a. "Born to Win" is a 1971 black comedy film directed by Ivan Passer and starring George Segal, Karen Black, Paula Prentiss, Hector Elizondo and Robert De Niro. Released by United Artists, the film is probably the youngest film of the studio's library to be now in the public domain.


Addict is a fictional character in the 2010 film Repo Men.


  1. "Addict" is a single by The Flying Medallions.
  2. "Addict" is a musical album of Accelera Deck.
    • released on (16 years ago)


Addict is a musical group.

  • album: "Stones"

Phrases with Addict

  1. Sex Addict
  2. drug addict
  3. crack addict
  4. opium addict
  5. heroin addict
  6. caffein addict
  7. cocaine addict
  8. caffeine addict

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Addict

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Google previewThinking about Addiction (2009)

Hyperbolic Discounting and Responsible Agency by Craig Hanson, George Ainslie

The type-two addict is the addict of the sort found in AA, who admits that addiction has caused physiological changes in the body, and admits that to being “ powerless over alcohol,” all the while taking responsibility for being an alcoholic.

Google previewDeviant Behavior (2015)

by Erich Goode

Being a drug addict is a result of making certain choices in life: to use drugs or not, to use to the point that one's life becomes consumed by drugs or not. Clearly, being a drug addict is an achieved status. In contrast, being a dwarf or an albino ...

Google previewNeuroeconomics (2008)

A Guide to the New Science of Making Choices by Peter Politser

According to the model, the degree of “wanting” in an addict is the difference in utility between consuming or not consuming the drug at ...

Google previewMental Disorders, Medications, and Clinical Social Work (2012)

by Sonia G. Austrian

Addict refers to a person with a complex set of needs, desires, and ...

Google previewDictionary of the Efïk language, (1874)

in two parts. I.- Efïk and English. II.- English and Efïk

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Google previewA Lexicon of Lunacy (1993)

by Thomas Szasz

is illustrative: "Civil commitment is frequently used with addicts who are arrested for criminal activity; with criminal charges pending, the addict can be coerced into treatment and retained long enough to receive the benefits of a treatment ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Policing (2008)

by Alison Wakefield, Jenny Fleming

At the bottom of this hierarchy would be the homeless, the street prostitute, the drug addict, the drunk – indeed all those categories of people for whom it is presumed expose themselves to victimization thus making a claim to the label ' victim' ...

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You can imagine, or think you can imagine, how to play almost anything - a drug addict, a bank robber, a killer - but the imagination doesn't prepare you for being a mother and those particular feelings. (Emily Mortimer)
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Scrabble value of A1D2D2I1C3T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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