over·​in·​dulge ˌō-vər-in-ˈdəlj How to pronounce overindulge (audio)
overindulged; overindulging
: to indulge (someone, or something) too much: such as
transitive : to be too permissive with (someone)
They overindulged their grandchildren.
: to allow (oneself or another person) to have or do something to excess
For years he had overindulged himself in food, drink, and finally worry.Sean Dennis Cashman
transitive : to yield too much to (something, such as a feeling, interest, or desire)
overindulged their children's whims
Already I had the uneasy feeling that I was overindulging that middle-aged longing for an epiphany …John Gregory Dunne
… it was felt … that in these two books Dickens had overindulged his liking for grotesque exaggeration and caricature.Michael Hollington
intransitive : to indulge too much
especially : to have or do too much of something that one enjoys or desires
… probably enjoyed drinking and likely overindulged on occasion … Corey Andrews
Other studies are shedding light not just on why modern humans occasionally eat too much, but why, when we do overindulge, we often choose foods that aren't the best for us. Paul Raeburn
Doctors who know better still overindulge in sweets … Nick Romeo
Occasionally … overindulges in long reminiscences of sports and school days … Helen Benedict

Examples of overindulge in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overindulge was in 1851

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“Overindulge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overindulge. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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