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[oh-ver-in-duhlj] /ˌoʊ vər ɪnˈdʌldʒ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), overindulged, overindulging.
to indulge to excess:
to overindulge one's fondness for candy.
Origin of overindulge
1735-45; over- + indulge
Related forms
overindulgence, noun
overindulgent, adjective
overindulgently, adverb Unabridged
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  • Poe did in fact have a drinking problem, but his problem was a low tolerance level rather than overindulgence.
British Dictionary definitions for overindulgence


to indulge (in something, esp food or drink) immoderately; binge
(transitive) to yield excessively to the wishes of; spoil
Derived Forms
overindulgence, noun
overindulgent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for overindulgence



also over-indulge, 1821, from over (adv.) + indulge.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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