I am currently read this article, and could someone help me in what sense the verb "dope" is used here?
"This suggests that there's been a massive increase in domestic use of coal and minerals. This is such a crucial export commodity and now that very little of it is being sold abroad, as compared to normal years, domestic industry is probably getting financially doped by cheap energy at the moment given how much of production is still going on," he said.
So would it mean North Korea is administered drugs (cheap energy) like a drug addict?
FYI the definition of the Merriam Unabridged. (Googling didn't help).
1 a : to smear or lubricate with dope
b : to apply dope to (as the fabric of an airplane or balloon)
2 a : to introduce an adulterant into (a food) or an additive into (a fluid)
b : to treat or impregnate with a foreign substance to impart a desired appearance or property : doctor
3 a : to give a stupefying or exhilarating drug to : drug
b : to put a stupefying drug into
c : to administer a drug to (a horse) to increase or decrease speed in a race
d : to induce inaction, apathy, or submissiveness in by a mental diet designed to produce such qualities or attitudes
4 slang : to work out from one's interpretation of available information a forecast about the outcome of (a competition) or the performance or placing of (competitors)
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