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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Buy it now:Godzilla King of the Monsters 24-inch Action Figure Toys for animal lovers Some kids are downright obsessed with cute and cuddly creatures, and there’s no better time to indulge them than on their birthday. Joni Sweet, USA TODAY, "Awesome kids’ birthday gifts you can get delivered next day — for free," 21 Aug. 2019 That’s far too few games to talk about pace, but indulge me for a second. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Chris Taylor Should Provide Short-Term Fantasy Value in Corey Seager's Absence," 20 June 2019 Please indulge us terrible East Coast snobs on this one. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Nightmare of Baseball (and Basketball) Bedtimes," 24 Oct. 2018 Park, who is from Los Angeles, used to indulge in the international food and drinking culture of Los Angeles' Koreatown. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Soju is the world's most-consumed spirit. Here's the best place to try it in Phoenix," 5 Sep. 2019 All tomato gardens runneth over this time of year, giving us plenty of opportunities to indulge in heirlooms. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Tomato time at Oliveto, Enoteca La Storia restaurants," 30 Aug. 2019 But Crane was a star, and fame allowed him to indulge his appetite. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "The tragic, unsolved murder of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane," 26 Aug. 2019 But the holiday is also as good a time as any to indulge in a flurry of activity, from block parties—hosted by some of the city’s best bars and restaurants—to artsy cabaret acts and buzzy outdoor concerts. Joseph Hernandez, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Chicago Labor Day Weekend 2019," 23 Aug. 2019 The series seems to wants to have it both ways: to indulge in the theatrics of women regaining control over their lives without asking why that control was taken from them in the first place. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Cheap Thrills of The Kitchen and Why Women Kill," 19 Aug. 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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