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

Synonyms

cater (to), gratify, humor

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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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Stock up on organic produce and locally made crafts at the famed Farmers Market (Sundays at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School), settle in for some fishing at Beacon’s Beach and indulge in a fresh cake donut at the beloved Leucadia Donut Shoppe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Leucadia: British spiritualists named it, locals kept it funky," 28 June 2019 Jordyn escorted Kylie to her doctors appointments, indulged in her cravings with her, and obviously was there in the delivery room during the birth. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods' Friendship," 21 Feb. 2019 Twelve years ago, Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes headed to Marrakech from Los Angeles with the plan to take a year off from their careers in public relations and filmmaking, respectively, and indulge in an adventurous sabbatical. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "The Vivacious 18th-Century Marakesh Medina of Two L.A. Transplants," 28 Dec. 2018 Diners not feeling hungry (or flush) enough for the Osetra caviar with cauliflower custard and smoked Japanese Wagyu beef on the $285 tasting menu can still indulge in Kostow's cooking with a three-course, $125 menu at the restaurant's bar. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 Savor sandwiches made with deep-fried cheese curds, sample a variety of dipping sauces, and indulge in the Cinnamon Sugar dessert curds. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scooter rally, curd fest, jousting on horseback, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 16 June 2019 Also, kids can go ziplining or mountain biking, scale a climbing wall and indulge in other activities at SkyPark at Santa’s Village (extra cost). Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "$99 rooms at Lake Arrowhead Resort for a summer escape," 12 June 2019 Since its inception in 1939, the annual event held on the French Riviera has been a playground for Hollywood’s most illustrious stars to dress the part—and then some—while indulging in some good old-fashioned revelry. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Beauty at the Cannes Film Festival," 17 May 2019 Enjoy a classic New York Strip or indulge in a Ribeye. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "20+ Restaurants Open on Memorial Day That Your Family Will Love," 13 May 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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indulge

verb

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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