What does indulge mean?

Definitions for indulge
ɪnˈdʌldʒin·dulge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indulgeverb

    give free rein to

    "The writer indulged in metaphorical language"

  2. gratify, pander, indulgeverb

    yield (to); give satisfaction to

  3. indulge, luxuriateverb

    enjoy to excess

    "She indulges in ice cream"

  4. pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, spoil, indulgeverb

    treat with excessive indulgence

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

Wiktionary

  1. indulgeverb

    : To yield to a temptation or desire.

    He looked at the chocolate but didn't indulge.

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

  2. indulgeverb

    To satisfy the wishes or whims of.

    Grandma indulges the kids with sweets.

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

  3. indulgeverb

    To give way to; not to oppose or restrain.

    to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations

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

  4. indulgeverb

    To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment.

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

  5. indulgeverb

    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. Indulgeverb

    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. Indulgeverb

    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. Indulgeverb

    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. Indulgeverb

    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. Indulgeverb

    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.]

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

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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. Health Minister Roberto Speranza:

    The numbers tell us we are on the right path but we must be careful not to make mistakes now and indulge in easy optimism that can nullify all our efforts and sacrifices.

  2. Sophie Scholl:

    “The more they lack material things, the more they indulge themselves when they can, but the less is their satisfaction with this world and they hunger for life after death(on Russian slave laborers.)”

  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. Wolfgang Schaeuble:

    We will have to change our lives, it's certainly a great pleasure to fly off to the Maldives or visit Venice. But in future we will have to indulge that pleasure more sparingly.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    No one can/will insinuate himself/herself into someone else's destiny i.e. no matter how smart/sharp you think you are, you can't/won't manipulate your destiny. Moreover, that signifies until you engage and indulge in your God-given destiny, life is likely not to augur well with you. Therefore, endeavour at all cost to discover and fulfill your God-given destiny.

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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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