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[in-duhlj] /ɪnˈdʌldʒ/

verb (used without object), indulged, indulging.
to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one’s will (often followed by in):
Dessert came, but I didn’t indulge. They indulged in unbelievable shopping sprees.
verb (used with object), indulged, indulging.
to yield to, satisfy, or gratify (desires, feelings, etc.):
to indulge one’s appetite for sweets.
to yield to the wishes or whims of; be lenient or permissive with:
to indulge a child.
to allow (oneself) to follow one’s will (usually followed by in):
to indulge oneself in reckless spending.
Commerce. to grant an extension of time, for payment or performance, to (a person, company, etc.) or on (a bill, note, etc.).
when intr, often foll by in. to yield to or gratify (a whim or desire for): to indulge a desire for new clothes, to indulge in new clothes
(transitive) to yield to the wishes of; pamper: to indulge a child
(transitive) to allow oneself the pleasure of something: at Christmas he liked to indulge himself
(transitive) (commerce) to allow (a debtor) an extension of time for payment of (a bill, etc)
(intransitive) (informal) to take alcoholic drink, esp to excess

1630s, “to grant as a favor;” 1650s, of both persons and desires, “to treat with unearned favor;” a back-formation from indulgence, or else from Latin indulgere “to be complaisant.” Related: Indulged; indulging.


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