What does indulge mean?

Definitions for indulge
ɪnˈdʌldʒin·dulge

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word indulge.

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!"

Wiktionary

  1. indulge(Verb)

    : To yield to a temptation or desire.

    He looked at the chocolate but didn't indulge.

    Etymology: From the Latin indulgeō ("I indulge") .

  2. indulge(Verb)

    To satisfy the wishes or whims of.

    Grandma indulges the kids with sweets.

    Etymology: From the Latin indulgeō ("I indulge") .

  3. indulge(Verb)

    To give way to; not to oppose or restrain.

    to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations

    Etymology: From the Latin indulgeō ("I indulge") .

  4. indulge(Verb)

    To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment.

    Etymology: From the Latin indulgeō ("I indulge") .

  5. indulge(Verb)

    To grant as by favour; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.

    persuading us that something must be indulged to public manners

    Etymology: From the Latin indulgeō ("I indulge") .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indulge(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Indulge(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Indulge(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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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Numerology

  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. Dale Bumpers:

    Nobody has suggested that President Clinton committed a political crime against the state. So, colleagues, if you honor the Constitution, you must look at the history of the Constitution and how we got to the impeachment clause. And if you do that and you do that honestly according to the oath you took, you can not. You can censure President Clinton. You can hand President Clinton over to the prosecutor for President Clinton to be prosecuted, But you can not convict President Clinton. And you can not indulge yourselves the luxury or the right to ignore this history.

  2. George S. Patton:

    Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.

  3. Julie Burchill:

    Prostitution is the supreme triumph of capitalism. Worst of all, prostitution reinforces all the old dumb clich?s about women's sexuality; that they are not built to enjoy sex and are little more than walking masturbation aids, things to be DONE TO, things so sensually null and void that they have to be paid to indulge in fornication, that women can be had, bought, as often as not sold from one man to another. When the sex war is won prostitutes should be shot as collaborators for their terrible betrayal of all women, for the moral tarring and feathering they give indigenous women who have had the bad luck to live in what they make their humping ground.

  4. Molière:

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

  5. Samuel Pepys:

    The truth is, I do indulge myself a little the more in pleasure, knowing that this is the proper age of my life to do it; and, out of my observation that most men that do thrive in the world do forget to take pleasure during the time that they are getting their estate, but reserve that till they have got one, and then it is too late for them to enjoy it.

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Translations for 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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