Addicting



a person who is to an activity, habit, or substance:
a drug addict.
to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on an substance, as alcohol or a narcotic.
to habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively:
a writer addicted to the use of high-flown language; children addicted to video games.
Contemporary Examples

Every sentence, every scene, works in service of the plot, which moves with addicting pace.
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The addicting ditty “One of These Things” was used to help children learn to compare and discern differences.
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The pace, rhythm, crazy spins, personalities, and, as I quickly learned, unique underground subculture were addicting.
Ping-Pong: America’s Most Overlooked Sport? Matt Simon August 11, 2012

Each of the four main female characters in Witches of East End has their own fast-evolving and addicting storylines.
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Historical Examples

But he resisted it with great courage, addicting himself more than ever to the hardy exercises of the camp.
Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume I (of 3) James Dennistoun

In one point of view he committed a great error in addicting himself to the drama.
The Age of Dryden Richard Garnett

An aged hermit named Sergius dwelt in the wilds of Arabia, addicting himself to the pursuit of religion and alchemy.
The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales Richard Garnett

Economists have of late been reproached with addicting themselves too much to the study of Wealth.
Harmonies of Political Economy Frdric Bastiat

verb (əˈdɪkt)
(transitive; usually passive) often foll by to. to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, esp a narcotic drug)
noun (ˈædɪkt)
a person who is addicted, esp to narcotic drugs
(informal) a person who is devoted to something: a jazz addict
v.

1530s (implied in addicted), from Latin addictus, past participle of addicere “to deliver, award, yield; give assent, make over, sell,” figuratively “to devote, consecrate; sacrifice, sell out, betray” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + dicere “say, declare” (see diction), but also “adjudge, allot.” Earlier in English as an adjective, “delivered, devoted” (1520s). Related: Addicted; addicting.
n.

1909, in reference to morphine, from addict (v.).

addict ad·dict (ə-dĭkt’)
v. ad·dict·ed, ad·dict·ing, ad·dicts
To become or cause to become compulsively and physiologically dependent on a habit-forming substance. n. (ād’ĭkt)
One who is addicted, as to narcotics.
ad·dic’tive adj.

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