Definition of indulge in US English:

indulge

verb

[no object]indulge in
  • 1Allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of.

    ‘we indulged in some hot fudge sundaes’
    • ‘I cannot waste my time now with the dreams I indulged in as a child.’
    • ‘Climb the wide ladders back aboard the Aggressor after your dive and indulge in a hot freshwater shower.’
    • ‘More importantly, food photography allows Tony to indulge in his passion for art.’
    • ‘This was the first time he saw it outside of a magazine, and sitting on it was a simple pleasure he indulged in.’
    • ‘Another friend has always informed me that passion is good, indulge in it and get enjoyment and pleasure.’
    • ‘He had indulged in day dreams and fixed the marriage of his two daughters.’
    • ‘A weekend festival that allows an opportunity to indulge in all aspects of books and the arts is being held in Grasmere.’
    • ‘I indulged in a bit of hot chocolate with whipped cream (very yummy indeed) and enjoyed a burger with my brother.’
    • ‘Simply indulging in whatever pleasures are close at hand will ultimately bring one unhappiness.’
    • ‘I've been enjoying the competition, indulging in brief and largely meaningless intensities of feeling.’
    • ‘I am sure you indulge in a little pleasure now and then yourself.’
    • ‘Their inability to retain possession allowed Rangers to indulge in the passing game they enjoy.’
    • ‘They allow us, for a while, to indulge in a fantasy of futurism.’
    • ‘The money that consistently rolled past our noses saw us indulging in grand material excess - we were quite young, after all.’
    • ‘I will be the only person to know that beneath my business attire, I am indulging in a secret pleasure.’
    • ‘The theory is that the rich have time and leisure to enjoy the sun at the beach and indulge in sports frequently.’
    • ‘Yet the universities are indulging in this marketing company-fuelled advertising arms race, year after year.’
    • ‘So, in effect, you are suggesting indulging in a guilty pleasure, but in a traditional, polite format.’
    • ‘This is a place to enjoy, watching the world go by or indulging in some quiet reflection, particularly on a warm summer's day.’
    • ‘Animals do not overeat, nor do they indulge in the pleasures of eating the way that humans do.’
    wallow in, give oneself up to, give way to, yield to, abandon oneself to, give rein to, give free rein to
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    1. 1.1 Become involved in (an activity, typically one that is undesirable or disapproved of)
      ‘I don't indulge in idle gossip’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The BJP indulged in large-scale bogus voting in these elections and that is the only reason they won,’ she said.’
      • ‘The resolution said the BJP did not have the national interest in mind and was indulging in cheap politics.’
      • ‘By allowing yourself to indulge in these fears, he is already making your life hell.’
    2. 1.2informal Allow oneself to enjoy a particular pleasure, especially that of alcohol.
      ‘I only indulge on special occasions’
      • ‘You may indulge and enjoy some forbidden pleasures but cannot deceive yourself for long.’
      • ‘Louis didn't much care for alcohol and only usually indulged on special occasions.’
      • ‘Do you stay away from alcohol or allow yourself to indulge once in a while?’
      • ‘However this has generally not been a problem on the few occasions I have indulged.’
      • ‘On this day, since I planned to not leave the house all day, I decided to indulge and drink two cups of coffee.’
      • ‘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
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    3. 1.3with object Satisfy or yield freely to (a desire or interest)
      ‘she was able to indulge a growing passion for literature’
      • ‘When I took the reins, I was able to indulge my own interest in history and start doing research.’
      • ‘More than anything else, I remember how simple that life was, how few demands there were on my time, how easy it was to indulge my scattergun interests.’
      • ‘However, the British, having adequate pasture for mature cattle, have generally been able to indulge their preference for beef.’
      • ‘For recreation he played the violin, read widely, painted, dined with the local gentry, and, it seems, indulged his considerable interest in women.’
      • ‘The business community is funky and its members like to indulge their interests in the city.’
      • ‘This is a good time for you, the caregiver, to get things done, catch up on your rest, or indulge your own interests.’
      • ‘His luck in being an actor also gave him the chance to spend time indulging his interest in foreign policy and social activity.’
      • ‘Jean has been able to indulge her interest in art and nature, wellness, writing, reading, swimming, and walking.’
      • ‘My husband indulges my new interest, glad I think for the new lease of life it has given me.’
      • ‘I can't decide whether or not to ignore his advice in favour of indulging my desire to have something pretty.’
      • ‘It was the first time he had enough land - 16,000 square feet - to indulge his love for gardening, a passion that started when he was a boy in Trinidad.’
      • ‘In discussing psychiatry and the arts, I cannot resist indulging my interest in psychiatry and film.’
      • ‘Ahmed spares no expense in indulging his family's interest.’
      • ‘They can then indulge their particular interests, whenever they like, wherever they like, and as often as they like.’
      • ‘I hated it and I knew I wanted to be in the kitchen, so in 1956 I headed straight for Paris to work in a patisserie, indulging my love of sugar and sweetness.’
      • ‘You will be able to indulge your liking for cinema and music.’
      • ‘After a year of reflection afforded by the grant, Clarke found work in Europe, indulging her love of music and opera.’
      • ‘But for the most part, Mann is amazed that he is still able to indulge his interests for a living.’
      • ‘As companies competed to indulge this yearning, they began to elaborate mass production into mass customization.’
      • ‘This is because rich societies can afford to indulge their environmental interests and movements.’
      satisfy, gratify, fulfil, satiate, quench, appease, feed, accommodate
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    4. 1.4with object Allow (someone) to enjoy a desired pleasure.
      ‘I spent time indulging myself with secret feasts’
      • ‘There are more, but I think you've indulged me enough for one evening.’
      • ‘I smiled at her, misunderstanding, thinking I was indulging her.’
      • ‘For example. he indulges us with a discussion of his average childhood.’
      • ‘My maker indulged me in this little secret while I was still young and I used it wisely.’
      • ‘Kris grunted, ‘Well why don't you tell me about your past and perhaps I'll indulge you with my deep dark secrets.’’
      • ‘She came along for the laugh and indulged us by taking the photos.’
      • ‘A teacher realised this and every two weeks she'd indulge me and let me write a play for the class.’
      • ‘Whether I had fooled my mom, or whether she simply indulged me, I didn't know for sure.’
      • ‘But they mocked it in a sufficiently understated manner that, if you'll indulge me, I'm going to try to get a little more mileage out of it.’
      • ‘I love movies where the plot is just driven on dialogue, so this movie indulged me.’
      • ‘His parents, Jack and Sarah, indulged him in this obsession.’
      • ‘And here I hope you'll indulge me, I'm going to break the time frame of December 1941 but for reasons I think you'll find understandable.’
      • ‘Now you're with someone who won't indulge you at all.’
      • ‘And now, dear reader, indulge me as I recycle some material I wrote twelve years ago, recounting the events of two years earlier.’
      • ‘The Camorra flattered and indulged him, while the police and press stayed silent.’
      • ‘I indulged him, nodding my head ever so often and even paying attention to certain parts.’
      • ‘And yet behind each story of a pampered auteur lurks the story of the producer who indulged him.’
      • ‘Does she feel rather dashing, a bona fide member of someone else's generation, or is she merely indulging her younger and stupider staff?’
      • ‘When our parents' generation indulges us and blames itself, this doesn't take anybody very far.’
      • ‘To compensate for the harshness of his life, his mother indulged him.’
      pamper, spoil, overindulge, coddle, mollycoddle, cosset, nanny, nursemaid, mother, baby, pet, spoon-feed, feather-bed, wrap in cotton wool, overparent
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

indulge

/inˈdəlj//ɪnˈdəldʒ/