in·dulge [indulge indulges indulged indulging] BrE [ɪnˈdʌldʒ]
NAmE [ɪnˈdʌldʒ]
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
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘treat with excessive kindness’): from Latin indulgere ‘give free rein to’.
Example Bank:
For a special treat, indulge yourself with one of these luxury desserts.
She was free to indulge in a little romantic daydreaming.

WordNet Dictionary:
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
Syn: luxuriate
4. the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
Syn: indulging, pampering, humoring
- indulgent grandparents
Ant: nonindulgent
- indulgent parents risk spoiling their children
- too soft on the children
- they are soft on crime
Syn: lenient, soft

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Indulged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Indulging .]
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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