Definitions for indulgeɪnˈdʌldʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•dulgeɪnˈdʌldʒ(v.)-dulged, -dulg•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to yield to or gratify (desires, feelings, etc.).

  2. to yield to the wishes or whims of; be lenient or permissive with.

  3. to allow to follow one's will or inclination:

    to indulge oneself in reckless spending.

  4. (v.i.)to yield to an inclination or desire; indulge oneself (often fol. by in):

    indulged in a bit of humor.

Origin of indulge:

1630–40; < L indulgēre to be lenient (toward), accede


Princeton's WordNet

  1. indulge(verb)

    give free rein to

    "The writer indulged in metaphorical language"

  2. gratify, pander, indulge(verb)

    yield (to); give satisfaction to

  3. indulge, luxuriate(verb)

    enjoy to excess

    "She indulges in ice cream"

  4. pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, spoil, indulge(verb)

    treat with excessive indulgence

    "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. indulge(verb)ɪnˈdʌldʒ

    to allow to do or have sth enjoyable, even though it may be harmful

    I indulged myself with a slice of chocolate cake.; He was always indulging in jokes at the expense of others.

  2. indulgeɪnˈdʌldʒ

    to allow sb to have or do whatever they want

    She indulges her children.


  1. indulge(Verb)

    , : To yield to a temptation or desire.

  2. indulge(Verb)

    To satisfy the wishes or whims of.

  3. indulge(Verb)

    To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment.

  4. Origin: From the indulgeo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indulge(verb)

    to be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain

  2. Indulge(verb)

    to give free course to; to give one's self up to; as, to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations;

  3. Indulge(verb)

    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

  4. Indulge(verb)

    to grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request

  5. Indulge(verb)

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'indulge' in Verbs Frequency: #1098

Anagrams of indulge

  1. eluding

  2. dueling

Translations for indulge

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to allow (a person) to do or have what he wishes

You shouldn't indulge that child.

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