indulge

verb
in·​dulge | \ in-ˈdəlj How to pronounce indulge (audio) \
indulged; indulging

Definition of indulge

transitive verb

1a : to give free rein to
b : to take unrestrained pleasure in : gratify
2a : to yield to the desire of : humor please indulge me for a moment
b : to treat with excessive leniency, generosity, or consideration

intransitive verb

: to indulge oneself

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Other Words from indulge

indulger noun

Synonyms for indulge

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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

Examples of indulge in a Sentence

It's my birthday. I'm going to indulge myself and eat whatever I want to eat. It's my birthday. I'm going to indulge. Please indulge me while I review the topics we covered yesterday. The museum is an excellent place to let children indulge their curiosity about dinosaurs. She bought a house with a big yard so that she could indulge her passion for gardening.
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Recent Examples on the Web Hop over to the beach for a Mayan rebirth ceremony by day; indulge in a five-course chef’s menu from a floating nest by night. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Fantastical World of Art and Hospitality in the Heart of Tulum’s Jungle," 23 Dec. 2019 To celebrate this miracle, for eight consecutive nights Jewish people light candles, sing songs and indulge in foods made in oil including potato pancakes (latkes) and doughnuts (sufganiyot). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hanukkah table gets a Dairy State twist from a little-known Jewish heroine," 19 Dec. 2019 So go ahead and escape from current events and instead hunt for pirate treasure, set booby traps, go toe-to-toe with bullies and monsters, and indulge in a happy ending. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Family Movies for Grown-Ups and Kids Alike," 11 Dec. 2019 Take in the sweeping views of downtown from the expansive windows or indulge in LA’s famous indoor-outdoor lifestyle from the patio or mezzanine garden. Max Berlinger, Harper's BAZAAR, "An Influencer-Approved Guide to Downtown LA," 5 Dec. 2019 Go shopping in the nearby village, try wine tasting on horseback, and indulge in perfect pairings at Monneaux Restaurant. Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic, "Looking to escape the cold? Head to South Africa," 19 Nov. 2019 According to the transcripts released by the House Intelligence Committee, so far, Republicans have largely treated the closed-door witness testimonies with contempt—grandstanding, lambasting the process, and openly indulging in conspiracy theories. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "What House Republicans Can Learn from the Bipartisan Effort to Impeach Nixon," 7 Nov. 2019 The series specialized in skewering pop culture and indulging in more nostalgic touchstones, such as in this particular Star Wars sketch, which is among its most widely known. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "The 20 defining comedy sketches of the past 20 years," 23 Oct. 2019 Stay longer and indulge in their full menu with tapas of fried olives and truffle fries or entrees that include the Build A Burger, Crispy Pancetta Capellini, and Plat Iron Stir Fry. orlandosentinel.com, "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of indulge

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for indulge

Latin indulgēre to be complaisant

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The first known use of indulge was circa 1623

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10 Jan 2020

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“Indulge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indulge. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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indulge

verb
How to pronounce indulge (audio)

English Language Learners 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

indulge

verb
in·​dulge | \ in-ˈdəlj How to pronounce indulge (audio) \
indulged; indulging

Kids Definition of indulge

1 : to give in to the desires of Grandparents often indulge their grandchildren.
2 : to give in to a desire for something For my birthday, I indulged in a day off.

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