- 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 indulged
The picaresque escapades and legendary extravagances of the brothers are indulged with a collective wink.How the Sultan of Brunei Violated His Sharia Law With Me
May 6, 2014
Yet, aside from the Porsche and a developing taste for cocaine, he indulged in few luxuries.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
The TV chef said there had been two periods in her life when she indulged in illegal drug-taking.Nigella Lawson Tells Court She Used Cocaine, Marijuana
December 4, 2013
Instead, Chris indulged in the MSNBC variant of epistemic closure.My Pushback to Chris Hayes
September 27, 2013
As long as we have baby-boomer nostalgia and Internet gossip, the tendencies to idolize or vandalize will be indulged.Why This Is Baseball’s Golden Age
Michael Brendan Dougherty
April 1, 2013
Exactly in the measure that he indulged this would his pride smart.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Rogers, nevertheless, like many book-lovers, must have indulged in duplicates.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Even the fact that her grief was a thing to be indulged or denied at will brought her no doubts.The Incomplete Amorist
He had wit and humour, with an inclination to satire, which he indulged rather too much.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
Conversation is indulged in by the audience in subdued whispers.
- (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 indulged
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.