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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 of indulge
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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  • There was no time for a cold bath before chapel, although Frank would have given something to indulge in one.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • He was even able to indulge himself in a quiet, sobering grin at his own folly.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Men who indulge themselves in writing anonymous accusations seldom limit themselves to one effusion.

    Dark Hollow Anna Katherine Green
  • He was just the sort of man to indulge in irony for his own satisfaction.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • Their complete helplessness, as they lay undressed and unarmed, caused the burghers to indulge in hearty laughter.

    In the Shadow of Death P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
British Dictionary definitions for indulge

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 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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