- Indulge is defined as to give into a desire.
An example of indulge is to eat a huge sundae with all of the toppings.
A girl indulges in a large ice cream sundae.
transitive verbindulged, indulging
- to yield to or satisfy (a desire); give oneself up to: to indulge a craving for sweets
- to gratify the wishes of; be very lenient with; humor
- Archaic to grant as a kindness, favor, or privilege
Origin of indulgeClassical Latin indulgere, to be kind to, yield to ; from in- + base probably akin to Classical Greek dolichos, long and amp; Gothic tulgus, firm
verbin·dulged, in·dulg·ing, in·dulg·es
- a. To yield to (a desire or whim); gratify: indulge a craving for chocolate.b. To yield to the desires or whims of (someone), often excessively: We indulged our daughter on her birthday. See Synonyms at pamper.
- Roman Catholic Church To grant an ecclesiastical indulgence or dispensation to.
- To indulge oneself: eyed the desserts but didn't indulge.
- To engage or take part, especially freely or avidly: indulged in outrageous behavior; indulged in all the latest fads.
Origin of indulgeLatin indulgēre; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present indulges, present participle indulging, simple past and past participle indulged)
- (intransitive, often followed by "in"): To yield to a temptation or desire.
- He looked at the chocolate but didn't indulge.
- I indulged in drinking on the weekend.
- To satisfy the wishes or whims of.
- Grandma indulges the kids with sweets.
- I love to indulge myself with beautiful clothes.
- To give way to (a habit or temptation); not to oppose or restrain.
- to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations
- To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment.
- To grant as by favour; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.
From the Latin indulgeō (“I indulge”).