Definition of indulge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    indulge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌldʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌldʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they indulge
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌldʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌldʒ//
     
    he / she / it indulges
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌldʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌldʒɪz//
     
    past simple indulged
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌldʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌldʒd//
     
    past participle indulged
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌldʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌldʒd//
     
    -ing form indulging
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌldʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌldʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to allow yourself to have or do something that you like, especially something that is considered bad for you indulge in something They went into town to indulge in some serious shopping. She has never been one to indulge in gossip. She was free to indulge in a little romantic daydreaming. indulge yourself (with something) I indulged myself with a long hot bath. For a special treat, indulge yourself with one of these luxury desserts.
  2. 2[transitive] indulge something to satisfy a particular desire, interest, etc. The inheritance enabled him to indulge his passion for art. In the closing lines, the poet indulges his sense of irony.
  3. 3[transitive] to be too generous in allowing somebody to have or do whatever they like indulge somebody (with something) She did not believe in indulging the children with presents. His questions were annoying but it was easier to indulge him than try and protest. indulge something Her father had always indulged her every whim.
  4. 4[intransitive] indulge in something to take part in an activity, especially one that is illegal
  5. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘treat with excessive kindness’): from Latin indulgere ‘give free rein to’.
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