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addict

ad·dict

addict

 
 
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: ae dihkt
definition 1: one who depends on or craves a habit-forming substance, such as a drug.
Fearing that the patient would become an addict, the doctor took him off the drug.Many of the prisoners were heroin addicts.
synonyms:
user
similar words:
alcoholic, drug addict, drunk, drunkard, fiend, head, hound, junkie, slave, wino
definition 2: one who is habitually or obsessively devoted to something such as a hobby or interest.
I've become a romance novel addict.
synonyms:
fiend, hound, junkie
similar words:
buff, devotee, fanatic, nut, slave
 
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: dIkt
inflections: addicted, addicting, addicts
definition 1: to cause to depend on a habit-forming substance.
Taking large doses of morphine for pain eventually addicted him to the drug.
synonyms:
hook
antonyms:
wean
similar words:
habituate
definition 2: to devote (oneself) to something habitually.
We've addicted ourselves to playing bridge.
synonyms:
habituate, hook
similar words:
surrender
Word Parts
The word addict contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.