give free rein to
"The writer indulged in metaphorical language"
gratify, pander, indulge(verb)
yield (to); give satisfaction to
enjoy to excess
"She indulges in ice cream"
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!"
, : To yield to a temptation or desire.
To satisfy the wishes or whims of.
To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment.
Origin: From the indulgeo.
to be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain
to give free course to; to give one's self up to; as, to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations;
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
to grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request
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
Origin: [L. indulgere to be kind or tender to one; cf. OIr. dilgud, equiv. to L. remissio, OIr. dligeth, equiv. to L. lex, Goth. dulgs debt.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-dulj′, v.t. to yield to the wishes of: not to restrain, as the will, &c.—v.i. (with in) to gratify one's appetites freely.—ns. Indul′gence, gratification: forbearance of present payment: in the R.C. Church, a remission, to a repentant sinner, of the temporal punishment which remains due after the sin and its eternal punishment have been remitted (Plenary indulgences, such as remit all; Partial, a portion of the temporal punishment due to sin; Temporal, those granted only for a time; Perpetual or Indefinite, those which last till revoked; Personal, those granted to a particular person or confraternity; Local, those gained only in a particular place): exemption of an individual from an ecclesiastical law.—adjs. Indul′gent, yielding to the wishes of others: compliant: not severe; Indulgen′tial.—adv. Indul′gently.—ns. Indul′ger; Indult′, a license granted by the Pope, authorising something to be done which the common law of the Church does not sanction.—Declaration of Indulgence, a proclamation of James II. in 1687, by which he promised to suspend all laws tending to force the conscience of his subjects. [L. indulgēre, to be kind to—in, in, and prob. L. dulcis, sweet.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'indulge' in Verbs Frequency: #1098
The numerical value of indulge in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of indulge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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- nachgeben, hätscheln, erliegen, verwöhnen, frönenGerman
- του κάνω όλα τα χατήρια, ενδίδω, καλομαθαίνω, υποκύπτω, κακομαθαίνωGreek
- indulgi, dorloti, cedi alEsperanto
- consentir, sucumbir, ceder, mimar, complacerSpanish
- maksuaika, hemmotella, langeta, sortuaFinnish
- succomber, choyer, dorloter, céder, gâterFrench
- consentir, permitir, sucumbirGalician
- elkényeztet, elcsábulHungarian
- uitstel van betaling toestaan, verwennen, in de watten leggen, toegeven, zwichten (voor de verleiding), koesterenDutch
- потакать, потворствовать, ублажать, баловать, отсрочить, попустительствоватьRussian
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