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indulge

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1 to give in to (a desire)

  • the grandparents indulged the childʼs wishes to an extent that they never did with their own children
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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
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3 to treat with great or excessive care

  • you indulge those grandkids in ways you never did with your own kids
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Synonym Discussion of indulge

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


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