- 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.
- 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.).
Origin of indulge
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Examples from the Web for indulge
We indulge in expensive cold-pressed juices and SoulCycle classes, justifying these purchases as investments in our health.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
The more we appease, the more we indulge, the more emboldened the enemies of freedom become.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
Miller says her service allows men to indulge their basest fantasies.Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline
November 20, 2014
These grisly images drew a huge audience, and allowed that audience to indulge in righteous indignation.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
Real-world profilers have to be careful, and are, not to indulge in facile ethnic, racial or religious “profiling.”Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi
September 21, 2014
He had no right in his high capacity to indulge a personal affection.
If you have any loud conversation to indulge in, do it while the play is going on.
He was even able to indulge himself in a quiet, sobering grin at his own folly.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He was just the sort of man to indulge in irony for his own satisfaction.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Pinalties there are in plinty; still those who can afford should indulge.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- (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
- (tr) to yield to the wishes of; pamperto indulge a child
- (tr) to allow oneself the pleasure of somethingat Christmas he liked to indulge himself
- (tr) commerce to allow (a debtor) an extension of time for payment of (a bill, etc)
- (intr) informal to take alcoholic drink, esp to excess
Word Origin and History for indulge
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.