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Definitions of indulge

  1. To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain Webster Dictionary DB
  2. to give free course to; to give one's self up to; as, to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations; Webster Dictionary DB
  3. to yield to the desire of; to gratify by compliance; to humor; to withhold restraint from; as, to indulge children in their caprices or willfulness; to indulge one's self with a rest or in pleasure. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To be kind or give way to; humor; give free course to. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To yield to the wishes of: to allow, as a favor: not to restrain, as the will, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To yield to the wishes of; gratify. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To gratify, as a desire; leave unrestrained, as a person. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To indulge one's self; to gratify one's tastes or desires; esp., to give one's self up (to); to practice a forbidden or questionable act without restraint; - followed by in, but formerly, also, by to. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. yield (to); give satisfaction to Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. enjoy to excess Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. give free rein to; "The writer indulged in metaphorical language" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To suffer; not to restrain or oppose; to grant as a favour; to humour; to yield to the enjoyment or practice of without constraint or control. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. INDULGER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Usage examples for indulge

  1. Thus, this duty gave Stieffel time to paint and, if our surmise is correct, both the time and the money for him to indulge his thirst. – Hermann Stieffel, Soldier Artist of the West by Edgar M. Howell
  2. Why, ma'am, if you think that's best; but I thought one might indulge one's self in living one's own way. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
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