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drug (drʌɡ Pronunciation for drug

Definitions

noun

  1. any synthetic, semisynthetic, or natural chemical substance used in the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of disease, or for other medical reasons related adjective pharmaceutical
  2. a chemical substance, esp a narcotic, taken for the pleasant effects it produces
  3. See drug on the market

verb

Word forms:  drugs,  drugging,  drugged
(transitive)
  1. to mix a drug with (food, drink, etc)
  2. to administer a drug to
  3. to stupefy or poison with or as if with a drug

related prefix

pharmaco-

Derived Forms

ˈdruggy adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French drogue, probably of Germanic origin

Synonyms

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= medication, medicine, remedy, panacea, elixir, physic, medicament
= dope, narcotic, stimulant, illegal drug, opiate, recreational drug, addictive drug, hallucinogen, gear, shit, dadah
= knock out, dope, give drugs to, numb, deaden, stupefy, anaesthetize, render unconscious, give narcotics to
= dope, lace, spike, tamper with, adulterate, add drugs to
= dose, treat, dope, medicate, administer a drug

Quotations including 'drug'

  • "Sex and drugs and rock and roll" [Ian Dury
  • "opiate: an unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard" [Ambrose Bierce
  • "And though she's not really ill,There's a little yellow pill;She goes running for the shelterOf her mother's little helper" [Mick Jagger
  • "Turn on, tune in and drop out" [Timothy Leary

Translations for 'drug'

  • British English: drugPronunciation for drug A drug is a chemical substance given to people to treat or prevent an illness or disease.The drug is useful to hundreds of thousands of people.drʌɡ NOUN
  • Arabic: مُخْدِّرPronunciation for مُخْدِّر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: drogaPronunciation for droga
  • Chinese: Pronunciation for 药
  • Croatian: lijekPronunciation for lijek
  • Czech: lékPronunciation for lék
  • Danish: lægemiddelPronunciation for lægemiddel
  • Dutch: geneesmiddelPronunciation for geneesmiddel
  • European Spanish: medicamentoPronunciation for medicamento
  • Finnish: lääkePronunciation for lääke
  • French: médicamentPronunciation for médicament
  • German: MedikamentPronunciation for Medikament
  • Greek: φάρμακοPronunciation for φάρμακο
  • Italian: farmacoPronunciation for farmaco
  • Japanese: Pronunciation for 薬
  • Korean: Pronunciation for 약
  • Norwegian: medikamentPronunciation for medikament
  • Polish: lekarstwoPronunciation for lekarstwo
  • Portuguese: drogaPronunciation for droga
  • Romanian: medicament medicamente
  • Russian: медикаментPronunciation for медикамент
  • Spanish: drogaPronunciation for droga
  • Swedish: läkemedelPronunciation for läkemedel
  • Thai: ยาPronunciation for ยา
  • Turkish: ilaçPronunciation for ilaç
  • Ukrainian: ліки
  • Vietnamese: thuốcPronunciation for thuốcchữa bệnh

Example Sentences Including 'drug'

Aaron Sorkin, 39, who was heading for Las Vegas, has previously spoken of his struggles with drug addiction.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
I just saw the constant drug taking, drinking, just saw Lee on a permanent bender.
Vanessa Jones THE KINDEST USE A KNIFE (2002)
Mr Toledo said Lima and Washington were allies in "a war without quarter against terrorism and drug trafficking".
Irish Times (2002)
She also pointed out that there is something peculiar about the effect of an antidepressant drug on the brain.
Dorothy Rowe BEYOND FEAR (2002)
She had opted to go down the hardest road, kicking the drug with minimal maintenance doses of methadone.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)
TWO un-named Serie A players have failed drug tests, said the Italian National Olympic Committee yesterday.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The neighborhoods became islands more or less independent from the Brazilian state, and the drug gangs filled the vacuum.
Maxim (2004)
The two will market the drug , developed by Vernalis, which will be introduced in the second quarter of this year.
Irish Times (2002)
They're very touchy about handling hot stuff, drug stuff, any stuff...' `This isn't drug stuff.
Robert Wilson A DARKENING STAIN (2002)

Comments

Comment byWordMonkey (Admin) on 31 Aug 2012

The use of 'drug' as the past of 'drag' is unfamiliar in Britiain, but is listed in some American dictionaries: Random House says that it is "nonstandard" and chiefly used in Midland and Southern USA; Merriam-Webster says it is "dialect". I have found a few published examples of this usage in colloquial American English: He drug me outta there and saved my life most likely (from 'Paint the Wind' by Cathy Cash Spellman, published 1990) "Tell us," Bonnet said, "so we'll know what the cat drug in and we drug out." (from 'When the Women Come Out to Dance' by Elmore Leonard, published 2002) At the moment, this sense appears to be restricted to American dialect, but there is, of course, some precedent for nonstandard and dialectal usages becoming accepted as standard over a long period of time.

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Comment byRFirsten on 30 Aug 2012

Hello! I'm a retired English/ESOL teacher, and I'm trying to find out something, which I hope you can give me information about. I seem to be hearing more and more people (Americans, at least) using drug as the past tense of drag, but I can't find this as an alternative to dragged in any dictionary I've gone to. I've heard very educated people use this past tense form as well as less educated people. I'm well aware of the tendency in modern English to regularize so-called irregular verbs, e.g., dive > dove/dived; leap > leapt/leaped. That's why it strikes me as so peculiar that the reverse seems to be happening with drag, that it's being converted from a regular verb into an irregular verb! Can you tell me if drug may very well be an accepted alternative to dragged one of these fine days? Thanks for anything you can offer to enlighten me. Sincerely, Richard Firsten Miami, FL

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