Meaning of “addict” in the English Dictionary

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"addict" in British English

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addictnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæd.ɪkt/ us /ˈæd.ɪkt/

B2 a person who cannot stop doing or using something, especially something harmful:

a drug/heroin addict
a gambling addict
humorous I'm a chocolate/shopping addict.

More examples

  • Some drug addicts turn to crime in order to support their habit.
  • They were shocked to discover that their daughter was a heroin addict.
  • It's difficult to wean an addict off cocaine once they're hooked.
  • He went to a rehabilitation centre where they help addicts to overcome their addiction.
  • The children were in danger of picking up needles used by crack addicts.

(Definition of “addict” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"addict" in American English

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addictnoun [ C ]

us /ˈæd·ɪkt/

a person who is unable to stop doing or using something

(Definition of “addict” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)