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 for indulge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indulge \In*dulge"\, v. i.
     To indulge one's self; to gratify one's tastes or desires;
     esp., to give one's self up (to); to practice a forbidden or
     questionable act without restraint; -- followed by in, but
     formerly, also, by to. "Willing to indulge in easy vices."
     --Johnson.
     [1913 Webster]

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.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or
        restrain;
        (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
            pleasure.
            [1913 Webster]
  
                  Hope in another life implies that we indulge
                  ourselves in the gratifications of this very
                  sparingly.                        --Atterbury.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in
        compliance with a wish or request.
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              Persuading us that something must be indulged to
              public manners.                       --Jer. Taylor.
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              Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light
              Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night! --Pope.
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     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.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  indulge
      v 1: give free rein to; "The writer indulged in metaphorical
           language"
      2: yield (to); give satisfaction to [syn: gratify, pander,
         indulge]
      3: enjoy to excess; "She indulges in ice cream" [syn: indulge,
         luxuriate]
      4: treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper
         the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!" [syn:
         pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle,
         mollycoddle, spoil, indulge]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  105 Moby Thesaurus words for "indulge":
     accommodate with, adore, afford, appreciate, baby, bask, bask in,
     bay, be pleased with, bear, bear with, benignancy, benignity,
     blink at, brook, cater to, clemency, cocker, coddle, comply with,
     condone, connive at, cosset, countenance, courtesy, delight,
     delight in, derive pleasure from, devour, dispensation, eat up,
     endure, enjoy, favor, favor with, feast on, freak out on, furnish,
     gentleness, get high on, give way to, gloat over, gratify,
     groove on, have, heap upon, hear of, humor, indulge in,
     indulge with, indulgence, kindliness, kindness, lavish upon,
     lenience, leniency, like, live high, live well, love, luxuriate,
     luxuriate in, mercifulness, mildness, minister to, mollycoddle,
     much, oblige, overlook, pamper, pander to, please, pour on,
     provide, provide for, put up with, regale, rejoice in, relish,
     revel, revel in, riot in, roll, roll in, rollick, satisfy, savor,
     shower down upon, smack the lips, spoil, stand for, stomach,
     succumb to, suffer, supply, swim in, take pleasure in, tolerance,
     tolerate, toleration, treat to, wallow in, welter, wink at,
     yield to
  
  

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