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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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  • The strikers have also taken advantage of the government's willingness to indulge nationalist sentiment.
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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