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DRUG (drugged, drugging)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does drug mean? 

DRUG (noun)
  The noun DRUG has 1 sense:

1. a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic

  Familiarity information: DRUG used as a noun is very rare.

DRUG (verb)
  The verb DRUG has 2 senses:

1. administer a drug to
2. use recreational drugs

  Familiarity information: DRUG used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DRUG (noun)

Sense 1drug [BACK TO TOP]


A substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("drug" is a kind of...):

agent (a substance that exerts some force or effect)

Domain member category:

magic bullet (a remedy (drug or therapy or preventive) that cures or prevents a disease)

by mouth; orally ((of drugs) through the mouth rather than through injection)

uninjectable ((used of drugs) not capable of being injected)

injectable ((used of drugs) capable of being injected)

generic ((of drugs) not protected by trademark)

potentiate (increase the effect of or act synergistically with (a drug or a physiological or biochemical phenomenon))

anaphylaxis (hypersensitivity reaction to the ingestion or injection of a substance (a protein or drug) resulting from prior contact with a substance)

active transport (transport of a substance (as a protein or drug) across a cell membrane against the concentration gradient; requires an expenditure of energy)

drop (a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "drug"):

arsenical (a pesticide or drug containing arsenic)

levallorphan; Lorfan (drug (trade name Lorfan) that is related to morphine but that counteracts the respiratory depression produced by morphine poisoning but without affecting its analgesic effects)

medicament; medication; medicinal drug; medicine ((medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease)

miotic; miotic drug; myotic; myotic drug (a drug that causes miosis (constriction of the pupil of the eye))

mydriatic; mydriatic drug (a drug that causes the pupil of the eye to dilate; used to aid eye examinations)

narcotic (a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction)

pentoxifylline; Trental (a drug (trade name Trental) used to treat claudication; believed to increase the flexibility of red blood cells so they can flow through the blood vessels to the legs and feet)

consciousness-altering drug; mind-altering drug; psychoactive drug; psychoactive substance (a drug that can produce mood changes and distorted perceptions)

psychotropic agent (a chemical substance that can influence human consciousness)

relaxant (a drug that relaxes and relieves tension)

hypnotic; soporific (a drug that induces sleep)

excitant; stimulant; stimulant drug (a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process)

appetite suppressant; suppressant (a drug that suppresses appetite)

synergist (a drug that augments the activity of another drug)

anti-impotence drug; virility drug (drug to treat impotence attributable to erectile dysfunction)

intoxicant (a drug that can produce a state of intoxication)

generic drug (when the patent protection for a brand-name drug expires generic versions of the drug can be offered for sale if the FDA agrees)

aborticide; abortifacient; abortion-inducing drug (a drug (or other chemical agent) that causes abortion)

agonist ((biochemistry) a drug that can combine with a receptor on a cell to produce a physiological reaction)

anaesthetic; anaesthetic agent; anesthetic; anesthetic agent (a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations)

antagonist (a drug that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of another drug)

antisyphilitic (a drug (or other chemical agent) that is effective against syphilis)

anti-TNF compound (a class of drugs that block the action of tumor necrosis factor (TNF); used in cases of rheumatoid arthritis because TNF instigates inflammation of the joints)

botanical (a drug made from part of a plant (as the bark or root or leaves))

brand-name drug; proprietary drug (a drug that has a trade name and is protected by a patent (can be produced and sold only by the company holding the patent))

controlled substance (a drug or chemical substance whose possession and use are controlled by law)

fertility drug (a drug used to increase a woman's fertility)

Fergon (trade name of a drug rich in iron; used to treat some types of anemia)

Feosol (trade name of a drug rich in iron; used to treat some kinds of anemia)

drug of abuse; street drug (a drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction)

diuretic; diuretic drug; water pill (any substance that tends to increase the flow of urine)

dilator (a drug that causes dilation)

Holonyms ("drug" is a part of...):

pharmacopoeia (a collection or stock of drugs)

Domain member category:

take a hit (inhale through the nose)

DRUG (verb)

Sense 1drug [BACK TO TOP]


Administer a drug to

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


drug; dose

Context example:

They drugged the kidnapped tourist

Hypernyms (to "drug" is one way to...):

medicate; medicine (treat medicinally, treat with medicine)

Domain category:

medicine; practice of medicine (the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "drug"):

poison (administer poison to)

narcotise; narcotize (administer narcotics to)

o.d.; overdose (dose too heavily)

dope; dope up (give a narcotic to)

anaesthetise; anaesthetize; anesthetise; anesthetize; put out; put to sleep; put under (make unconscious by means of anesthetic drugs)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sense 2drug [BACK TO TOP]


Use recreational drugs

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking


do drugs; drug

Hypernyms (to "drug" is one way to...):

consume; have; ingest; take; take in (serve oneself to, or consume regularly)


get off; trip; trip out; turn on (get high, stoned, or drugged)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "drug"):

inject (take by injection)

snort; take a hit (inhale through the nose)

base; free-base (use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes)

dope (take drugs to improve one's athletic performance)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

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