- 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 indulging
A president can do it, indulging his whims through unwritten laws and executive action.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer
November 12, 2014
Those who migrated to Asia were also indulging in art at the same time, possibly earlier.The Oldest Cave Art May Not Be in Europe
October 9, 2014
The bigot today is often unaware either that he has prejudices or that he is indulging them.Why Bigotry Persists
Stephen Eric Bronner
September 28, 2014
Higher education should challenge students, not coddle them by indulging their pre-formed biases and preferences.Pulling the Plug on English Departments
July 28, 2014
Indulging in the fantasy of a world without Rick was a pretty self-aware move for The Walking Dead.‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Premiere Review of ‘After’: What if Rick Was Dead?
February 10, 2014
He had been indulging in the vain pleasure of putting two and two together.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The nobles form a class by themselves, indulging in all sorts of vices.'Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Partly he is indulging his humour by describing others who were more astray than he was.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
This kept him, he said, from indulging in his own bad thoughts.The Fat and the Thin
That Mrs. Van Hook, who sits near me at table, was indulging in—what do you call them?Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (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 indulging
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.