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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!"


  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

  6. 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

  1. Indulge

    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

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for indulge »

  1. eluding

  2. dueling

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indulge in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indulge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of indulge in a Sentence

  1. Molière:

    Frenchmen have an unlimited capacity for gallantry and indulge it on every occasion.

  2. Mohammad Noor Islam:

    But some of us, who do not indulge in these vices, come here and watch films. We are addicted to films.

  3. Rabindranath Tagore:

    You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.

  4. Akhenaten:

    Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.

  5. Noah Rothman:

    These are comforting fictions that a lot on the right want to indulge in, ted Cruz, in that sense, is making the best of an opportunity.

Images & Illustrations of indulge

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  • تنغمسArabic
  • 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
  • סיפקHebrew
  • लिप्तHindi
  • elkényeztet, elcsábulHungarian
  • להתמכרHebrew
  • 甘やかすJapanese
  • indulgereLatin
  • uitstel van betaling toestaan, verwennen, in de watten leggen, toegeven, zwichten (voor de verleiding), koesterenDutch
  • răsfățaRomanian
  • потакать, потворствовать, ублажать, баловать, отсрочить, попустительствоватьRussian
  • unnaSwedish
  • ஈடுபடுத்திTamil
  • ดื่มด่ำThai

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