AskDefine | Define indulge

Dictionary Definition



1 give free rein to; "The writer indulged in metaphorical language"
2 yield (to); give satisfaction to [syn: gratify, pander]
3 enjoy to excess [syn: 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]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin indulgere meaning to give free reign to, complaisant


  • /ɪnˈdʌldʒ/, /In"dVldZ/


  1. , (often followed by "in"): To take pleasure in.
    He looked at the chocolate but didn't indulge.
  2. To satisfy the wishes of; to give in to.
    He indulged them with money.




Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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