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Meaning of INDULGE

Pronunciation:  in'dulj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  yield (to); give satisfaction to
  2. [v]  enjoy to excess
  3. [v]  give free rein to; "The writer indulged in metaphorical language"
  4. [v]  treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

INDULGE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: baby, cocker, coddle, cosset, featherbed, gratify, luxuriate, mollycoddle, pamper, pander, spoil
 See Also: cater, consume, deplete, do by, eat, eat up, exhaust, handle, humor, humour, ply, provide, run through, sow one's oats, sow one's wild oats, spree, supply, surfeit, treat, use up, wallow, wipe out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*dulge"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Indulged}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Indulging}.] [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.]
    1. To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or
       (a) when said of a habit, desire, etc.: to give free
           course to; to give one's self up to; as, to indulge
           sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations;
       (b) when said of a person: 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
                 Hope in another life implies that we indulge
                 ourselves in the gratifications of this very
                 sparingly.                        --Atterbury.
    2. To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in
       compliance with a wish or request.
             Persuading us that something must be indulged to
             public manners.                       --Jer. Taylor.
             Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light Indulge,
             dread Chaos, and eternal Night!       --Pope.
    Note: It is remarked by Johnson, that if the matter of
          indulgence is a single thing, it has with before it; if
          it is a habit, it has in; as, he indulged himself with
          a glass of wine or a new book; he indulges himself in
          idleness or intemperance. See {Gratify}.
  2. \In*dulge"\, v. i.
    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. ``Willing to indulge in easy vices.''
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