View synonyms for indulging


[ in-duhl-jing ]


  1. yielding to an inclination or desire, as by eating or drinking, engaging in a pleasurable activity, etc.:

    The chocolaty sweetness in this zucchini loaf makes it perfect for the indulging dieter and fussy eater alike.

  2. yielding to someone’s wishes or whims in a lenient or permissive way; indulgent:

    The menu was quite extensive, and the indulging father let his children order whatever they wanted.


  1. the act of yielding to one’s own or another’s inclination, desire, or whim; indulgence:

    The primary consequence of the indulging of greed is an increase of greed.

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Other Words From

  • in·dulg·ing·ly adverb
  • un·in·dulg·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of indulging1

First recorded in 1660–70; indulge ( def ) + -ing 2( def ) for the adjective senses; indulge ( def ) + -ing 1( def ) for the noun sense

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Example Sentences

A random assortment of outdoor enthusiasts gathered to indulge in the spot’s famous baked goods, most notably the huckleberry bear claws.

To replicate the level of mixology you previously only indulged in at a proper establishment, Shaker & Spoon stretches its tastes and ingredients well beyond simple classics like Old Fashioneds and martinis.

I offer the fire pit option only because, for me at least, gathering with a few others around a fire, the vast outdoors around us, has felt like one of the few true comforts of the past eight months, and one of the few that seems safe to indulge in.

The book is filled with images submitted from followers all over the world from more than 200 locations, encouraging the reader to indulge in a bit of virtual wanderlust and add some new places to the travel bucket list when borders reopen.

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Unlike Truman, he has had difficulty remaining on message, and invariably has indulged in meandering narcissism.

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A president can do it, indulging his whims through unwritten laws and executive action.

Those who migrated to Asia were also indulging in art at the same time, possibly earlier.

The bigot today is often unaware either that he has prejudices or that he is indulging them.

Higher education should challenge students, not coddle them by indulging their pre-formed biases and preferences.

Undergarments did enjoy a brief moment of exposure in the 18th century, with the ruling class indulging in decorative corsets.

If he had expected to find her languishing, reproachful, or indulging in sentimental tears, he must have been greatly surprised.

The steward, a young mulatto, had contracted the bad habit of indulging too much in liquor.

The man's nature was inquisitive, and he was indulging idle conjectures as to what might be the news this courier brought.

Lady Hartledon had dismissed her maid, and stood leaning against the arm of the sofa, indulging in bitter rumination.

He dropped the ever-pleasant conversation in which he was indulging with a famous lady novelist and became alert instantly.