drug Definition

  • 1a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body
  • 2a substance taken for its narcotic or stimulant effects, often illegally

Using drug: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "drug" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to take my prescription drugs every day.

  • Example

    He was arrested for possession of illegal drugs.

  • Example

    She became addicted to drugs after her surgery.

drug Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using drug

  • a drug that a person prefers to use or is most commonly used by a particular group


    Marijuana is often the drug of choice for college students.

  • a new drug that has been approved for sale and distribution


    The pharmaceutical company just released their latest drug on the market.

  • drug trafficking

    the illegal trade of drugs, typically involving large quantities of narcotics


    Drug trafficking is a serious problem that affects many countries around the world.

Phrases with drug

  • the habitual taking of addictive or illegal drugs


    Drug abuse can lead to serious health problems and addiction.

  • a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences


    Drug addiction can have devastating effects on a person's life and relationships.

  • an excessive and dangerous dose of a drug that can result in serious harm or death


    Drug overdoses are a leading cause of accidental deaths in many countries.

Origins of drug

from Middle English 'drogge', meaning 'medicine'


Summary: drug in Brief

The term 'drug' [drʌɡ] refers to a substance that has a physiological effect when ingested or introduced into the body. It can be a medicine or an illegal narcotic or stimulant, as in 'He was arrested for possession of illegal drugs.' 'Drug' extends into phrases like 'drug abuse,' and idioms like 'drug of choice,' denoting a preferred drug, and 'drug trafficking,' referring to the illegal trade of drugs.

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