Definition of Indulge

1. Verb. Give free rein to. "The writer indulged in metaphorical language"

Specialized synonyms: Wallow
Derivative terms: Indulgence

2. Verb. Yield (to); give satisfaction to. "Sam cannot indulge Sue "
Exact synonyms: Gratify, Pander
Specialized synonyms: Humor, Humour, Spree, Sow One's Oats, Sow One's Wild Oats
Generic synonyms: Cater, Ply, Provide, Supply
Derivative terms: Gratification, Indulgence, Indulging, Panderer

3. Verb. Enjoy to excess. "They indulge themselves"; "She indulges in ice cream"
Exact synonyms: Luxuriate
Generic synonyms: Consume, Deplete, Eat, Eat Up, Exhaust, Run Through, Use Up, Wipe Out
Specialized synonyms: Surfeit
Derivative terms: Indulgence, Luxuriation, Luxury

4. Verb. Treat with excessive indulgence. "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

Definition of Indulge

1. v. t. To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain

2. 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.

Definition of Indulge

1. Verb. (intransitive) , (qualifier often followed by "in"):'' To yield to a temptation or desire. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To satisfy the wishes or whims of. ¹

3. Verb. To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment. ¹

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Definition of Indulge

1. to yield to the desire of [v -DULGED, -DULGING, -DULGES]

Medical Definition of Indulge

1. 1. To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain; 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; 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. "Hope in another life implies that we indulge ourselves in the gratifications of this very sparingly." (Atterbury) 2. To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request. "Persuading us that something must be indulged to public manners." (Jer. Taylor) "Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night!" (Pope) 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. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Indulge

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Literary usage of Indulge

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1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer (1796)
"... thou indulge thy reft ? z6 I11 fits a chief who mighty nations guides, Directs in council, ... indulge ..."

2. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin, and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1887)
"Just right With any such pious acknowledgments a little indulge in , rison to fair self-gratulation is always compatible ; and the seif-gratu- brave ..."

3. The Chemistry of Common Life by James Finlay Weir Johnston (1871)
"AKIN to the intoxicating liquors we consume are the narcotic substances we indulge in; and if the history of the former, in their relations to the social ..."

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