Ad·dict, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Addicted; p. pr. & vb. n. Addicting.]
1. To apply habitually; to devote; to habituate; -- with to. “They addict themselves to the civil law.”
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.
2. 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.