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

Definition of indulge

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to indulge oneself

Other Words from indulge

indulger noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web After refueling yourself with a pizza-like flammkuchen, or a vesper plate of local ham, sausages and Bibbeles Käs, a regional cottage cheese, indulge in a piece of Schwarzwälder Kirschschnitte. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 17 June 2022 But Butcher won't let Hughie indulge — Butcher's soul is already corrupted, while Hughie still has a chance of emerging with his humanity intact. Alex Raiman,, 10 June 2022 The concept is that in times of a recession and other economic stresses, women will indulge in discretionary purchases that provide an emotional uplift without breaking the budget. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 1 June 2022 The center provides guests the chance to take part in a yoga or meditation class, enjoy a nature trail hike, or go for more low-key options like side-by-side watercolor painting or a cooking class, or to indulge in an Ayurvedic spa treatment. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 19 June 2022 Leave your busy schedule behind and indulge in a summer by the river. oregonlive, 17 June 2022 And wags can’t help but indulge in a new round of schadenfreude at Damon’s expense. Todd Spangler, Variety, 15 June 2022 Now, with the city experiencing a revitalization of sorts after two-plus years of pandemic restrictions, the Gold Room is hoping that New Yorkers take inspiration from that time and indulge in what the bar has to offer. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 7 June 2022 Stanly Ranch has a host of activities guests can book and indulge in, from a tour of the Grange with the charming Farm Director Nick Runkle, to a falconry display and the opportunity to drive top sports cars at the Silverado Trail. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indulge

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2a

History and Etymology for indulge

Latin indulgēre to be complaisant

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“Indulge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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