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indulge

[in-duhlj] /ɪnˈdʌldʒ/
verb (used without object), indulged, indulging.
1.
to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one's will (often followed by in):
Dessert came, but I didn't indulge. They indulged in unbelievable shopping sprees.
verb (used with object), indulged, indulging.
2.
to yield to, satisfy, or gratify (desires, feelings, etc.):
to indulge one's appetite for sweets.
3.
to yield to the wishes or whims of; be lenient or permissive with:
to indulge a child.
4.
to allow (oneself) to follow one's will (usually followed by in):
to indulge oneself in reckless spending.
5.
Commerce. to grant an extension of time, for payment or performance, to (a person, company, etc.) or on (a bill, note, etc.).
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Latin indulgēre to be lenient (toward), accede, take pleasure (in)
Related forms
indulger, noun
indulgingly, adverb
preindulge, verb (used with object), preindulged, preindulging.
quasi-indulged, adjective
reindulge, verb, reindulged, reindulging.
unindulged, adjective
unindulging, adjective
Synonyms
3. pamper, favor. See humor.
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  • He lost no opportunity for indulging in the biting wit and faculty for stinging retort for which he is celebrated.
  • He was reproached with indulging his taste for the fine arts at an immoderate expense.
  • Even parents might find themselves indulging in a nip, instead of waiting for the ice cream to soften at midnight.
  • Get a free one-hour dance lesson and follow that by indulging in two hours of live music and dancing.
  • By indulging my curiosity in the world, plunging in with both feet and taking large risks, and always reading widely.
  • The sweet confections from these bakeries have put them on the map, and indulging in one of them will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Relax in high-backed booths that reach from floor to ceiling while indulging in farmer fries or crispy calamari.
  • Get away from it all and return to the city refreshed by indulging in a spa getaway.
  • Share an enchanting evening with your partner by indulging in a relaxing spa experience.
  • Your wine tour will combine a bit of education with your indulging.
British Dictionary definitions for indulging

indulge

/ɪnˈdʌldʒ/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by in. to yield to or gratify (a whim or desire for): to indulge a desire for new clothes, to indulge in new clothes
2.
(transitive) to yield to the wishes of; pamper: to indulge a child
3.
(transitive) to allow oneself the pleasure of something: at Christmas he liked to indulge himself
4.
(transitive) (commerce) to allow (a debtor) an extension of time for payment of (a bill, etc)
5.
(intransitive) (informal) to take alcoholic drink, esp to excess
Derived Forms
indulger, noun
indulgingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin indulgēre to concede, from -dulgēre, probably related to Greek dolikhos long, Gothic tulgus firm
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Word Origin and History for indulging

indulge

v.

1630s, "to grant as a favor;" 1650s, of both persons and desires, "to treat with unearned favor;" a back-formation from indulgence, or else from Latin indulgere "to be complaisant." Related: Indulged; indulging.

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