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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Flowery pastel hues peeked out from behind the chill of February: Elle Fanning took a moment to embrace a silvery-pink bob, asking followers to indulge in pretending the hair is hers. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Madonna, Candice Swanepoel, and More," 3 Mar. 2019 An afternoon at the Skirball Cultural Center's Noah's Ark, which includes hundreds of life-size animal reproductions (many of them interactive), offers an opportunity to indulge in some old-fashioned playtime. Alice Short, latimes.com, "School's out! 12 fun things for kids (and adults) to do this summer," 22 June 2018 Make sure to indulge in a waffle (or four) from Chez Albert. 16. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 And of course Lou Malnati’s, a must for deep-dish pizza lovers looking to indulge the city’s most famous dish. Billboard, "5 Summer Music Festivals Foodies Can't Miss," 6 July 2018 Air Fryer Want to indulge with 75 percent less fat? Cathy Deimeke, USA TODAY, "Ask a Doc: What can I do to make healthy eating fun and easy for my kids?," 4 July 2018 Everybody wants a little junk food, and everybody wants to indulge every once in a while, and that’s not going to go away. Jamie Beckman, Allure, "Sasha Grey on How Her Signature Makeup Has Shaped Her Extensive Career," 14 June 2018 In reality, having a healthy relationship with food involves indulging along with being flexible and kind to yourself. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "8 Signs It’s Time to See a Therapist About Your Relationship With Food," 29 Jan. 2019 Wedding planning can take a lot out of even the most organized bride, and if one element of the process can be made more seamless, why not indulge? Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Venamour Launches Online Wedding Invites—Plus 10 Other Chic Options That Make the Case for Going Paperless," 15 Jan. 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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