- (intransitive, often followed by "in"): To yield to a temptation or desire.
- He looked at the chocolate but didn't indulge.
- I indulged in drinking on the weekend.
- (transitive) To satisfy the wishes or whims of.
- Grandma indulges the kids with sweets.
- I love to indulge myself with beautiful clothes.
- August 30, 1706, Francis Atterbury, a sermon preach'd in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, at the funeral of Mr. Tho. Bennet
- Hope in another life implies that we indulge ourselves in the gratifications of this very sparingly.
- 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian:
- Internet shopping invites you to gaze out upon the entire bazaar all at once and to indulge the merest whim
- 2016 February 23, Robbie Collin, “Grimsby review: ' Sacha Baron Cohen's vital, venomous action movie'”, in The Daily Telegraph (London):
- It’s the kind of scenario Peter Sellers might have dreamt up while brushing his teeth, and some of the comic set-pieces – including Nobby’s seduction of a fabulously overweight maid (Gabourey Sidibe) at a luxurious South African hotel – allow Baron Cohen to indulge his Sellersian fantasies to a previously unprecedented degree.
- To give way to (a habit or temptation); not to oppose or restrain.
- to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations
- To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment.
- To grant as by favour; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.
to yield to a temptation
to satisfy the wishes or whims of
to give way to (a habit or temptation), not to oppose or restrain
to grant extension to payment