Meaning of “drug” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C ] us uk /drʌɡ/
Extra Examples
the war against drugsPolice discovered a large quantity of drugs in the van.She turned to drugs after the break-up of her marriage.I got into drugs because I was hanging around with the wrong people.Two senior officers are implicated in the drugs scandal.

B2 an illegal substance that people take to make them feel happy:

[ usually plural ] He started taking/using drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
Greg is on drugs (= he uses drugs regularly).
a drug dealer

B2 a chemical substance used as a medicine:

Scientists are developing a new drug to treat cancer.
→ See also hard drugs

(Definition of “drug noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)