Synonyms and Antonyms of indulge

  1. 1 to give in to (a desire) <the grandparents indulged the child's wishes to an extent that they never did with their own children> Synonyms cater (to), gratify, humor Related Words bask, luxuriate, revel, wallow; coddle, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil; delight, please, pleasure; sate, satiate, satisfy Near Antonyms bridle, check, constrain, curb, inhibit, restrain, stifle

  2. 2 to give (oneself) over to something especially unrestrainedly <conventioneers who were obviously eager to indulge themselves in all of the vices that Las Vegas might offer> Synonyms deliver, give up, abandon, surrender, yieldRelated Words overdo, overindulge; bask, luxuriate, revel, roll, wallowNear Antonyms abstain (from), eschew, forbear, forgo (also forego), refrain (from); check, inhibit, restrainAntonyms deny

  3. 3 to treat with great or excessive care <you indulge those grandkids in ways you never did with your own kids> Synonyms cocker, coddle, cosset, dandle, baby, mollycoddle, nurse, pamper, spoil, wet-nurseRelated Words cater (to), humor; content, delight, gladden, gratify, mother, oblige, please, satisfy; appease, mollify, pacify, placate, sootheNear Antonyms control, discipline, restrain; oppress; neglect, overlook, slight; molest, outrage, violate; harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture, victimizeAntonyms abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, manhandle, mishandle, mistreat, misuse

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