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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Indulge \In*dulge"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Indulged; p. pr. &
vb. n. Indulging.] [L. indulgere to be kind or tender to
one; cf. OIr. dilgud, equiv. to L. remissio, OIr. dligeth,
equiv. to L. lex, Goth. dulgs debt.]
1. To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or
(a) when said of a habit, desire, etc.: to give free
course to; to give one's self up to; as, to indulge
sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations;
(b) when said of a person: to yield to the desire of; to
gratify by compliance; to humor; to withhold restraint
from; as, to indulge children in their caprices or
willfulness; to indulge one's self with a rest or in
Hope in another life implies that we indulge
ourselves in the gratifications of this very
2. To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in
compliance with a wish or request.
Persuading us that something must be indulged to
public manners. --Jer. Taylor.
Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light
Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night! --Pope.
Note: It is remarked by Johnson, that if the matter of
indulgence is a single thing, it has with before it; if
it is a habit, it has in; as, he indulged himself with
a glass of wine or a new book; he indulges himself in
idleness or intemperance. See Gratify.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the act of indulging or gratifying a desire [syn:
indulgence, indulging, pampering, humoring]
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