indulge: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (in-dulj'), [key]
— v., -dulged, -dulg•ing.
  1. to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one's will (often fol. by in): Dessert came, but I didn't indulge. They indulged in unbelievable shopping sprees.
  1. to yield to, satisfy, or gratify (desires, feelings, etc.): to indulge one's appetite for sweets.
  2. to yield to the wishes or whims of; be lenient or permissive with: to indulge a child.
  3. to allow (oneself&hasp;) to follow one's will (usually fol. by in): to indulge oneself in reckless spending.
  4. to grant an extension of time, for payment or performance, to (a person, company, etc.) or on (a bill, note, etc.).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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