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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