indulge

  • 1 Indulge — 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.] [1913 Webster] 1. To be complacent… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 indulge — [in dulj′] vt. indulged, indulging [L indulgere, to be kind to, yield to < in + base prob. akin to Gr dolichos, long & Goth tulgus, firm] 1. to yield to or satisfy (a desire); give oneself up to [to indulge a craving for sweets] 2. to gratify… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Indulge — 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… …

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  • 4 indulge — indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor or attention to a person or his desires. Indulge implies weakness or compliance in gratifying another s wishes or desires, especially those which have no claim to… …

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  • 5 indulge — [v1] treat oneself or another to allow, baby, cater, coddle, cosset, delight, entertain, favor, foster, give in, give rein to*, go along, go easy on*, gratify, humor, mollycoddle*, nourish, oblige, pamper, pander, pet, please, regale, satiate,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 indulge — ► VERB 1) (indulge in) allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of. 2) satisfy or yield freely to (a desire or interest). 3) allow (someone) to do or have something. DERIVATIVES indulger noun. ORIGIN Latin indulgere give free rein to …

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  • 7 indulge — index bestow, enable, foster, furnish, give (grant), grant (concede), let (p …

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  • 8 indulge — (v.) 1630s, to grant as a favor; 1650s, of both persons and desires, to treat with unearned favor; a back formation from INDULGENCE (Cf. indulgence), or else from L. indulgere to be complaisant. Related: Indulged; indulging …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 indulge */ — UK [ɪnˈdʌldʒ] / US verb Word forms indulge : present tense I/you/we/they indulge he/she/it indulges present participle indulging past tense indulged past participle indulged 1) [intransitive/transitive] to allow yourself to have or do something… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 indulge — in|dulge [ ın dʌldʒ ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to allow yourself to have or do something that you enjoy: indulge in: an opportunity to indulge in leisure activities like reading indulge yourself (in something): Indulge yourself come …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 indulge — 01. My wife loves to [indulge] in a nice glass of red wine on Fridays after work. 02. Our new spa lets you [indulge] yourself at a reasonable price. 03. His CD collection is his one [indulgence] that he spends a lot of money on. 04. His… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 indulge — in|dulge [ınˈdʌldʒ] v [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: indulgere] 1.) [I and T] to let yourself do or have something that you enjoy, especially something that is considered bad for you indulge in ▪ Most of us were too busy to indulge in heavy… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 indulge — verb 1 (I, T) to let yourself do or have something that you enjoy, especially something that is considered bad for you (+ in): Most of us were too busy to indulge in heavy lunchtime drinking. | Eva had never been one to indulge in self pity. |… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 indulge — [[t]ɪndʌ̱lʤ[/t]] indulges, indulging, indulged 1) VERB If you indulge in something or if you indulge yourself, you allow yourself to have or do something that you know you will enjoy. [V in n] Only rarely will she indulge in a glass of wine... [V …

    English dictionary

  • 15 indulge — verb (indulged; indulging) Etymology: Latin indulgēre to be complaisant Date: circa 1623 transitive verb 1. a. to give free rein to b. to take unrestrained pleasure in ; gratify 2. a. to yield t …

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  • 16 indulge — indulger, n. indulgingly, adv. /in dulj /, v., indulged, indulging. v.i. 1. to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one s will (often fol. by in): Dessert came, but I didn t indulge. They indulged in unbelievable shopping… …

    Universalium

  • 17 indulge — verb ADVERB ▪ occasionally ▪ freely VERB + INDULGE ▪ be able to, be free to, can PREPOSITION …

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  • 18 indulge — v. (d; intr., refl., tr.) to indulge in (to indulge in the luxury of a nice, warm bath; he indulges her in everything) * * * [ɪn dʌldʒ] (d; intr., refl., tr.) to indulge in (to indulge in the luxury of a nice, warm bath; he indulges her in… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 indulge — Synonyms and related words: accommodate with, adore, afford, appreciate, baby, bask, bask in, bay, be pleased with, bear, bear with, benignancy, benignity, blink at, brook, cater to, clemency, cocker, coddle, comply with, condone, connive at,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 indulge — [17] The dulg of indulge may be related to such words as Greek dolikhós and Russian dólgij, meaning ‘long’. In that case Latin indulgēre, the immediate source of the English word, may to begin with have signified ‘allow long enough for’. Its only …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins