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Definition of indulge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they indulge
    he / she / it indulges
    past simple indulged
    -ing form indulging
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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. indulge yourself (with something) I indulged myself with a long hot bath.
  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 someone 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 to 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
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