WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
drug1 /drʌg/USA pronunciation
n., v., drugged, drug•ging. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [~ + object]
- Drugsa chemical used in medicines for the treatment of disease, or to improve physical or mental well-being:Some drugs are useful in preventing disease.
- Drugsa habit-forming or illegal substance, esp. a narcotic:He was dealing in drugs.
- Drugsto administer a medicinal drug to:The hospital staff drugged him with sedatives.
- to make unconscious or poison (someone) with a drug:They tied him up, drugged him, and smuggled him across the border.
- to mix (food or drink) with a drug:I drugged his drink while he wasn't looking.
(drug),USA pronunciation n., v., drugged, drug•ging. n.
- Drugs[Pharm.]a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.
- Drugs, Law(in federal law)
- any substance recognized in the official pharmacopoeia or formulary of the nation.
- any substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals.
- any article, other than food, intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animals.
- any substance intended for use as a component of such a drug, but not a device or a part of a device.
- Drugsa habit-forming medicinal or illicit substance, esp. a narcotic.
- chemical substances prepared and sold as pharmaceutical items, either by prescription or over the counter.
- personal hygienic items sold in a drugstore, as toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
- [Obs.]any ingredient used in chemistry, pharmacy, dyeing, or the like.
- Idiomsdrug on the market, a commodity that is overabundant or in excess of demand in the market. Also, drug in the market.
- Drugsto administer a medicinal drug to.
- to stupefy or poison with a drug.
- to mix (food or drink) with a drug, esp. a stupefying, narcotic, or poisonous drug.
- to administer anything nauseous to.
- drug up, to take a narcotic drug:The addict prowled about for a place to drug up.
(drug),USA pronunciation v. [Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.][Nonstandard.]
- Middle French drogue, of obscure origin, originally
- Middle English drogges (plural) 1300–50
(drŏŏg),USA pronunciation n. [Zoroastrianism.]
- Dialect Termsa pt. and pp. of drag.
- Eastern Religionsthe cosmic principle of disorder and falsehood. Cf. Asha.
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drug /drʌɡ/ n
vb (drugs, drugging, drugged)(transitive)
- any synthetic, semisynthetic, or natural chemical substance used in the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of disease, or for other medical reasons
Related adjective(s): pharmaceutical
- a chemical substance, esp a narcotic, taken for the pleasant effects it produces
- drug on the market ⇒ a commodity available in excess of the demands of the market
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French drogue, probably of Germanic originˈdruggy adj
- to mix a drug with (food, drink, etc)
- to administer a drug to
- to stupefy or poison with or as if with a drug
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