- 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 woman indulges in a spa treatment.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: L indulgere, to be kind to, yield to from in- plush base probably akin to Glassical Greek dolichos, long and amp; Gothic tulgus, firm
- indulger noun
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verb in·dulged, in·dulg·ing, in·dulg·es verb, transitive
- To yield to the desires and whims of, especially to an excessive degree; humor.
- a. To yield to; gratify: indulge a craving for chocolate.b. To allow (oneself) unrestrained gratification: indulged herself with idle daydreams. 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: Latin indulgēre; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots.
- in·dulgˈer noun