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verb, in·dulge \in-ˈdəlj\

Simple Definition of indulge

  • : to allow (yourself) to have or do something as a special pleasure

  • : to allow (someone) to have or do something even though it may not be proper, healthy, appropriate, etc.

  • : to patiently allow (someone) to do or say something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of indulge


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to give free rein to b :  to take unrestrained pleasure in :  gratify

  3. 2 a :  to yield to the desire of :  humor <please indulge me for a moment> b :  to treat with excessive leniency, generosity, or consideration

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to indulge oneself

indulger noun

Examples of indulge in a sentence

  1. It's my birthday. I'm going to indulge myself and eat whatever I want to eat.

  2. It's my birthday. I'm going to indulge.

  3. Please indulge me while I review the topics we covered yesterday.

  4. The museum is an excellent place to let children indulge their curiosity about dinosaurs.

  5. She bought a house with a big yard so that she could indulge her passion for gardening.

Origin of indulge

Latin indulgēre to be complaisant

First Known Use: circa 1623

Synonym Discussion of indulge

indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor to a person's desires and feelings. indulge implies excessive compliance and weakness in gratifying another's or one's own desires <indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse>. pamper implies inordinate gratification of desire for luxury and comfort with consequent enervating effect <pampered by the amenities of modern living>. humor stresses a yielding to a person's moods or whims <humored him by letting him tell the story>. spoil stresses the injurious effects on character by indulging or pampering <foolish parents spoil their children>. baby suggests excessive care, attention, or solicitude <babying students by grading too easily>. mollycoddle suggests an excessive degree of care and attention to another's health or welfare <refused to mollycoddle her malingering son>.

Rhymes with indulge

INDULGE Defined for Kids


verb in·dulge \in-ˈdəlj\

Definition of indulge for Students


  1. 1 :  to give in to the desires of <Grandparents often indulge their grandchildren.>

  2. 2 :  to give in to a desire for something <For my birthday, I indulged in a day off.>

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