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ADDICT', a. Addicted. [Not much used.]




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ADDICT', a. Addicted. [Not much used.]


AD-DICT', a.

Addicted. [Not much used.]


AD-DICT', v.t. [L. addico; to devote, from ad and dico, to dedicate.]

To apply one's self habitually; to devote time and attention by customary or constant practice. Sometimes in a good sense. They have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints. – 1 Cor. xv. More usually, in a bad sense, to follow customarily, or devote, by habitually practicing that which is ill; as, a man is addicted to intemperance. To addict one's self to a person, a sense borrowed from the Romans, who used the word for assigning debtors in service to their creditors, – is found in Ben Jonson, but is not legitimate in English.


Ad*dict"
  1. Addicted; devoted.

    [Obs.]
  2. To apply habitually; to devote; to habituate; -- with to.

    "They addict themselves to the civil law." Evelyn.

    He is addicted to his study.
    Beau. *** Fl.

    That part of mankind that addict their minds to speculations.
    Adventurer.

    His genius addicted him to the study of antiquity.
    Fuller.

    A man gross . . . and addicted to low company.
    Macaulay.

  3. To adapt] to make suitable; to fit.

    [Obs.]

    The land about is exceedingly addicted to wood, but the coldness of the place hinders the growth.
    Evelyn.

    Syn. -- Addict, Devote, Consecrate, Dedicate. Addict was formerly used in a good sense; as, addicted to letters; but is now mostly employed in a bad sense or an indifferent one; as, addicted to vice; addicted to sensual indulgence. "Addicted to staying at home." J. S. Mill. Devote is always taken in a good sense, expressing habitual earnestness in the pursuit of some favorite object; as, devoted to science. Consecrate and dedicate express devotion of a higher kind, involving religious sentiment; as, consecrated to the service of the church; dedicated to God.

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Addict

ADDICT', adjective Addicted. [Not much used.]

ADDICT', verb transitive [Latin addico, to devote, from ad and dico, to dedicate.]

To apply one's self habitually; to devote time and attention by customary or constant practice; sometimes in a good sense.

They have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints. 1 Corinthians 16:15.

More usually, in a bad sense, to follow customarily, or devote, by habitually practicing that which is ill; as, a man is addicted to intemperance.

To addict one's self to a person, a sense borrowed from the Romans, who used the word for assigning debtors in service to their creditors, is found in Ben Jonson, but is not legitimate in English.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

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