Indulge In*dulge", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Indulged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Indulging}.] [L. indulgere to be kind or tender to one; cf. OIr. dilgud, equiv. to L. remissio, OIr. dligeth, equiv. to L. lex, Goth. dulgs debt.] [1913 Webster] 1. To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain; (a) when said of a habit, desire, etc.: to give free course to; to give one's self up to; as, to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations; (b) when said of a person: to yield to the desire of; to gratify by compliance; to humor; to withhold restraint from; as, to indulge children in their caprices or willfulness; to indulge one's self with a rest or in pleasure. [1913 Webster]

Hope in another life implies that we indulge ourselves in the gratifications of this very sparingly. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

2. To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request. [1913 Webster]

Persuading us that something must be indulged to public manners. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night! --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Note: It is remarked by Johnson, that if the matter of indulgence is a single thing, it has with before it; if it is a habit, it has in; as, he indulged himself with a glass of wine or a new book; he indulges himself in idleness or intemperance. See {Gratify}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • indulge — [in dulj′] vt. indulged, indulging [L indulgere, to be kind to, yield to < in + base prob. akin to Gr dolichos, long & Goth tulgus, firm] 1. to yield to or satisfy (a desire); give oneself up to [to indulge a craving for sweets] 2. to gratify… …   English World dictionary

  • Indulge — In*dulge , v. i. To indulge one s self; to gratify one s tastes or desires; esp., to give one s self up (to); to practice a forbidden or questionable act without restraint; followed by in, but formerly, also, by to. Willing to indulge in easy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indulge — indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor or attention to a person or his desires. Indulge implies weakness or compliance in gratifying another s wishes or desires, especially those which have no claim to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • indulge — [v1] treat oneself or another to allow, baby, cater, coddle, cosset, delight, entertain, favor, foster, give in, give rein to*, go along, go easy on*, gratify, humor, mollycoddle*, nourish, oblige, pamper, pander, pet, please, regale, satiate,… …   New thesaurus

  • indulge — ► VERB 1) (indulge in) allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of. 2) satisfy or yield freely to (a desire or interest). 3) allow (someone) to do or have something. DERIVATIVES indulger noun. ORIGIN Latin indulgere give free rein to …   English terms dictionary

  • indulge — index bestow, enable, foster, furnish, give (grant), grant (concede), let (p …   Law dictionary

  • indulge — (v.) 1630s, to grant as a favor; 1650s, of both persons and desires, to treat with unearned favor; a back formation from INDULGENCE (Cf. indulgence), or else from L. indulgere to be complaisant. Related: Indulged; indulging …   Etymology dictionary

  • indulge */ — UK [ɪnˈdʌldʒ] / US verb Word forms indulge : present tense I/you/we/they indulge he/she/it indulges present participle indulging past tense indulged past participle indulged 1) [intransitive/transitive] to allow yourself to have or do something… …   English dictionary

  • indulge — in|dulge [ ın dʌldʒ ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to allow yourself to have or do something that you enjoy: indulge in: an opportunity to indulge in leisure activities like reading indulge yourself (in something): Indulge yourself come …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • indulge — 01. My wife loves to [indulge] in a nice glass of red wine on Fridays after work. 02. Our new spa lets you [indulge] yourself at a reasonable price. 03. His CD collection is his one [indulgence] that he spends a lot of money on. 04. His… …   Grammatical examples in English

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