indulge

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From the Latin indulgeō (I indulge).

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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈdʌldʒ/
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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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Atterbury and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Hope in another life implies that we indulge ourselves in the gratifications of this very sparingly.
    • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Internet shopping invites you to gaze out upon the entire bazaar all at once and to indulge the merest whim
    • 2016 February 23, Robbie Collin, “Grimsby review: ' Sacha Baron Cohen's vital, venomous action movie'”, in The Daily Telegraph (London):
      It’s the kind of scenario Peter Sellers might have dreamt up while brushing his teeth, and some of the comic set-pieces – including Nobby’s seduction of a fabulously overweight maid (Gabourey Sidibe) at a luxurious South African hotel – allow Baron Cohen to indulge his Sellersian fantasies to a previously unprecedented degree.
  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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Jeremy Taylor and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      persuading us that something must be indulged to public manners
    • (Can we date this quote by Alexander Pope and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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