From Latin indulgeō (“I indulge”).
indulge (third-person singular simple present indulges, present participle indulging, simple past and past participle indulged)
- (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.
- 2022 January 12, Christian Wolmar, “A new year... but the same old mistakes are being made”, in RAIL, number 948, pages 40-41:
- How can the unions - or more specifically the RMT - possibly think this is a good time to exert a bit of industrial muscle and indulge in strikes both on the national railway and the London Underground?
- (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.
- 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.
- 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
- To give way to (a habit or temptation); to not 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.
- 1678, Antiquitates Christianæ: Or, the History of the Life and Death of the Holy Jesus: […], London: […] E. Flesher, and R. Norton, for R[ichard] Royston, […], →OCLC:
- persuading us that something must be indulged to public manners
- 1728, [Alexander Pope], “(please specify the page)”, in The Dunciad. An Heroic Poem. […], Dublin; London: […] A. Dodd, →OCLC:
- Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light / Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night!
- (to satisfy the wishes of): coddle, cosset, pamper, spoil
- See also Thesaurus:indulge
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