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drug noun

1 substance used as a medicine

ADJ. powerful, strong | modern, new | wonder They're hailing it as the new wonder drug. | sedative | anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-malarial, etc. | prescription You used to be able to buy this medicine over the counter, but it is now a prescription drug.

QUANT. course, dose

VERB + DRUG be on, take Are you taking any other drugs at present? | prescribe (sb), put sb on The doctor put me on anti-inflammatory drugs. | give sb, treat sb with | administer, give sb The nurses came round to give the patients their drugs. | develop new drugs that have been developed recently | be resistant to, not respond to Some infections are now resistant to drugs.

DRUG + VERB cure sth, help sth, treat sth drugs that help the growth of skin tissue

DRUG + NOUN company

PREP. ~ against a powerful drug against tuberculosis | ~ for He's taking drugs for depression.

2 illegal substance

ADJ. illegal | addictive, hallucinogenic | dangerous, hard heroin and other hard drugs | soft (= not considered very dangerous) Many addicts start on soft drugs, such as cannabis. | designer (= artificially produced) She took a tablet of the designer drug Ecstasy.

VERB + DRUG inject (See note for more verbs.)

DRUG + NOUN baron, pusher | cartel | misuse | drug/drugs charges, offence | squad | war the latest moves in the drug war (See note for more nouns.)

PHRASES drink and drugs the dangers of drink and drugs > Note at DRUG