Definition of indulge in English:


Line breaks: in|dulge
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʌldʒ


  • 1 [no object] (indulge in) Allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of: we indulged in a cream tea
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    • Their inability to retain possession allowed Rangers to indulge in the passing game they enjoy.
    • I've been enjoying the competition, indulging in brief and largely meaningless intensities of feeling.
    • I will be the only person to know that beneath my business attire, I am indulging in a secret pleasure.
  • 1.1 (indulge in) Become involved in (an activity, typically one that is undesirable or disapproved of): I don’t indulge in idle gossip
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    • The organisations indulging in this sinister activity have had a free play as never before in the history of free India.
    • Firstly, we should not allow ourselves to indulge in hype about the consequences of the disease.
    • By allowing yourself to indulge in these fears, he is already making your life hell.
  • 1.2 informal Allow oneself to enjoy a particular pleasure, especially that of alcohol: I only indulge on special occasions
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    • Louis didn't much care for alcohol and only usually indulged on special occasions.
    • You may indulge and enjoy some forbidden pleasures but cannot deceive yourself for long.
    • It's difficult to let go of those inhibitions because they feel guilty about indulging too heartily or allowing themselves too much pleasure.
    treat oneself, give oneself a treat, luxuriate in something, give oneself up to pleasure; splash out
    informal have a spree, go to town, splurge
  • 1.3 [with object] Satisfy or yield freely to (a desire or interest): she was able to indulge a growing passion for literature
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    • Jean has been able to indulge her interest in art and nature, wellness, writing, reading, swimming, and walking.
    • When I took the reins, I was able to indulge my own interest in history and start doing research.
    • But for the most part, Mann is amazed that he is still able to indulge his interests for a living.
    satisfy, gratify, fulfil, satiate, quench, appease, feed, accommodate; go along with, yield to, give in to, give way to, pander to, cater to, comply with



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  • How in the hell do you teach a big happy dog to be subtle and keep herself and her indulger out of trouble?
  • Servers give indulgers a 16-oz. glass and patrons make the drinks themselves for $7.50, with an extra $3 charge for an oyster.
  • Savor the island's epicurean treats at the Swizzle Inn, where indulgers have been said to swagger out.


early 17th century (in the sense 'treat with excessive kindness'): from Latin indulgere 'give free rein to'.

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