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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 younger may be more likely to be followers, more indulged or more abused depending on a particular family dynamic.
  • After all, creative people-moody writers in particular-are different from the rest of us and must be indulged.
  • Both categories of university have indulged in many of the same exploitative practices.
  • The academic with a hankering for on-screen action will probably be indulged.
  • These persons should be forced to learn these skills, not be indulged with accommodations.
  • Instead, he has indulged his curiosities and whims, tending to a variety of smaller audiences.
  • Each work contributes according to its means and is indulged according to its needs.
  • He indulged its idiosyncratic behavior, letting it ferment for an extra month in a cold storage tank.
  • Florentines have a flair for conspiracy thinking, and the citizenry indulged in wild speculation.
  • Many of them went so far as to decline desert, or if they indulged they'd eat half and sip coffee.
British Dictionary definitions for indulged

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 indulged

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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