from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance: The thief was addicted to cocaine.
- transitive v. To occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in something habitually or compulsively: The child was addicted to video games.
- n. One who is addicted, as to narcotics or a compulsive activity.
- n. A devoted adherent; a fan: "We are all . . . addicts of change” ( Christopher Lasch).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who is addicted, especially to a harmful drug
- n. An adherent or fan (of something)
- v. To cause someone to become addicted, especially to a harmful drug
- v. To involve oneself in something habitually, to the exclusion of almost anything else.
- v. To adapt; to make suitable; to fit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Addicted; devoted.
- transitive v. To apply habitually; to devote; to habituate; -- with to.
- transitive v. To adapt; to make suitable; to fit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To devote or give up, as to a habit or occupation; apply habitually or sedulously, as to a practice or habit: used reflexively: as, to addict one's self to the exercise of charity; he is addicted (addicts himself) to meditation, pleasure, or intemperance.
- To give over or surrender; devote, attach, or assign; yield up, as to the service, use, or control of: used both of persons and of things.
- Specifically In Roman law, to deliver over formally by the sentence of a judge, as a debtor to the service of his creditor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
- n. someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance; abrupt deprivation of the substance produces withdrawal symptoms
- n. someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction
Latin addīcere, addict-, to sentence : ad-, ad- + dīcere, to adjudge.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin addictus, past participle of addīcō ("deliver; devote; surrender"), from ad- ("to, towards, at") + dīcō ("say; declare") (Wiktionary)