in·dulge [indulge indulges indulged indulging] BrE [ɪnˈdʌldʒ] NAmE [ɪnˈdʌldʒ] verb
1. intransitive, transitive to allow yourself to have or do sth that you like, especially sth that is considered bad for you
• ~ in sth They went into town to indulge in some serious shopping.
• She has never been one to indulge in gossip.
• ~ yourself (with sth) I indulged myself with a long hot bath.
2. transitive ~ sth to satisfy a particular desire, interest, etc
• The inheritance enabled him to indulge his passion for art.
• In the closing lines, the poet indulges his sense of irony.
3. transitive to be too generous in allowing sb to have or do whatever they like
• ~ sb (with sth) She did not believe in indulging the children with presents.
• His questions were annoying but it was easier to indulge him than try and protest.
• ~ sth Her father had always indulged her every whim.
4. intransitive ~ in sth to take part in an activity, especially one that is illegal
early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘treat with excessive kindness’): from Latin indulgere ‘give free rein to’.
• For a special treat, indulge yourself with one of these luxury desserts.
• She was free to indulge in a little romantic daydreaming.
1. give free rein to
- The writer indulged in metaphorical language
Syn: gratify, pander
- Sam cannot indulge Sue
3. enjoy to excess
- She indulges in ice cream
4. the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
Syn: indulging, pampering, humoring
- indulgent grandparents
- indulgent parents risk spoiling their children
- too soft on the children
- they are soft on crime
Syn: lenient, soft
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
[imp. & p. p. Indulged
|1.||To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain|
Hope in another life implies that we indulge ourselves in the gratifications of this very sparingly.
|2.||To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.|
Persuading us that something must be indulged to public manners.
Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light
Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night!
|v. i.||1.||To indulge one's self; to gratify one's tastes or desires; esp., to give one's self up (to); to practice a forbidden or questionable act without restraint; - followed by in, but formerly, also, by to.|
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