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 Visitors can purchase 20-ounce ceramic beer steins or indulge in German food and beer. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 Visit the biodynamic urban farm or indulge in a moonlight massage. Sunset Magazine, 6 Sep. 2022 Guests had the chance to explore El Yunque National Forest and participate in volunteer opportunities to help those impacted by the storm, as well as indulge in luxuries like a Moet champagne vending machine on site. Hannah Chubb, Peoplemag, 5 Sep. 2022 Here on the Riviera, like so many others, Picasso found a pagan paradise, where civilized people could let their hair down and indulge in simple pleasures. Rick Steves, Sun Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2022 This is the perfect time to bring all of your yacht fantasies to life and indulge in a little luxury. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 19 Aug. 2022 Its cerebral tales leap among eras and settings, including multiple pit stops in the actual depths of hell, and rarely, if ever, indulge in anything even vaguely like superheroic action. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 6 Aug. 2022 The Créme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream is a savior for those with dry skin, but just about anyone can indulge in this thick, rich moisturizer, and this year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is offering a Grande tub for over $300 off. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 19 July 2022 So check out our recommendations, grab one of our favorite wines to pair with a backyard barbecue and indulge in some outstanding beef delivered right to your door. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 9 July 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 29 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for indulge


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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