tr.v. ad·dict·ed, ad·dict·ing, ad·dicts
1. To cause to have a medically or psychologically significant addiction: The thief was addicted to cocaine. My uncle is addicted to gambling.
a. To occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in something habitually: That show was so good that I became addicted to watching it.
b. To cause to use something on a regular or dependent basis: economies that are addicted to fossil fuels.
1. A person who has an addiction, as to narcotics or gambling.
2. A devoted adherent; a fan: a soap-opera addict.
[Latin addīcere, addict-, to sentence : ad-, ad- + dīcere, to adjudge; see deik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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