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From the Latin indulgeō (I indulge).


  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈdʌldʒ/
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indulge (third-person singular simple present indulges, present participle indulging, simple past and past participle indulged)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) To satisfy the wishes or whims of.
    Grandma indulges the kids with sweets.
    I love to indulge myself with beautiful clothes.
    • Atterbury
      Hope in another life implies that we indulge ourselves in the gratifications of this very sparingly.
    • 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.
  3. To give way to (a habit or temptation); not to oppose or restrain.
    to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations
  4. To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment.
  5. To grant as by favour; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      persuading us that something must be indulged to public manners
    • Alexander Pope
      Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light / Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night!


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  1. third-person singular present indicative of indulgere