indulge

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From the Latin indulgeō (I indulge).

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indulge (third-person singular simple present indulges, present participle indulging, simple past and past participle indulged)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) To satisfy the wishes or whims of.
    Grandma indulges the kids with sweets.
    I love to indulge myself with beautiful clothes.
    • Atterbury
      Hope in another life implies that we indulge ourselves in the gratifications of this very sparingly.
  3. To give way to (a habit or temptation); not to oppose or restrain.
    to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations
  4. To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment.
  5. To grant as by favour; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      persuading us that something must be indulged to public manners
    • Alexander Pope
      Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light / Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night!

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Italian[edit]

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indulge

  1. third-person singular present indicative of indulgere

Latin[edit]

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indulgē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of indulgeō