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She indulges her children more than is good for them.
  to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

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to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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  • She indulges her children more than is good for them.
  • I indulge my taste for sweets more than is good for me.
  • Adversity, in one form or another, is the universal experience of man. ... But we cannot indulge ourselves the luxury of self-pity
    Marion George Romney
  • Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.
    Patrick Henry  --  Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

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  • she spent no time in indulging the frivolous.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Whatever choices I made, Jake would indulge in the latest video games.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • She thrived on Christmas carols, delighted in decorations, and indulged in special treats and goodies.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Some of us aren’t allowed to indulge ourselves.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Now, I haven’t indulged that habit in quite a while either.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • "Home for nineteen hours and you’ve already indulged your predilection for ablutionary excesses, hah!
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • Rand asked, hopeful eyes, and Marybeth and I both indulged him.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Would you indulge me?
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Thank you all for indulging me this morning, and I will keep this information in mind as I continue to narrow down suitors in the next few weeks.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Bailey turned to the audience, shaking his head, indulging them.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • In any case, thank you for indulging me.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • But never for a minute did I allow myself to indulge in that fantasy—I knew that I would go to prison.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • You are straying, indulging in whimsy.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Enchi was so drunk with rice wine that he had passed out in the parlor room, never making it upstairs, and Fujimori, who always grew quieter as he indulged, was sitting glumly among the regular working ladies, sipping at his porcelain drinking cup.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The Messengers, though — there were four in the class, wearing their snappy white tunics and blue sashes — were indulging in a peculiar habit Reynie had noticed.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "Indulge me," Nehemia pressed, smiling tightly.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Adding to their fatigue, many of the firemen indulged freely on Sunday in the use of intoxicating liquors….
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Mrs. Barlowe was correct in her assertion that Dunwoody did not indulge in the vulgar practice of criminal defense.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • While he was up there, he indulged himself in a survey of his new property.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • A farmer’s son serving in the 1st North Carolina Infantry wrote to his father during another period of Confederate reverses: "Instead of indulging in feelings of despondency let us compare our situation and cause to those of our illustrious ancestors who achieved the liberties we have ever enjoyed and for which we are now contending."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Perhaps I should say she indulged in certain evasions which at the time were necessary in order for her to retain her composure.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • When I’m with Ben I eat at regular times because he does, I eat regular things, but when I’m alone I indulge in junk food and scavenging, my old, singular ways.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Patch gave a sly smile and indulged my request.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • After four years as a Royal Army nurse, I was enjoying the escape from uniforms and rationing by indulging in brightly printed light cotton dresses, totally unsuited for rough walking through the heather.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I was relaxed and personable, I was as thin as a rail, I did not indulge in self pity or negative thinking of any kind, I was an excellent salesman—everyone said so—and business was so good that what I spent on drugs, I scarcely missed.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • So we’re forced to indulge in an underground market of technology and inventions to help better ourselves.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • And it seems their way of compensating is to indulge her and her brother.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Whatever we are now, I can’t indulge thoughts about how attractive he is.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Mama indulged Madaline, smiling through her stories with a look of wry bemusement, but I knew she thought unkindly of her.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Overseers will sometimes indulge in a witty word, even with the slaves; not so with Mr. Gore.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • They indulge their husbands, if anything.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • We indulge in reminiscences.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • But for all the careful planning he did, he also indulged in some wild fantasies.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Although it was his dream and not mine, I indulged it.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Fancy, with his powerful mind, indulging in such nonsense!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They do not indulge in abstraction or analysis.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • They were bitten down to the quick though he could not remember when he had restarted this habit nor any time when he indulged it.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • He indulged me.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • I prepare another before I retire to a tree where I continue sipping, eating rabbit, and even indulge in one of my precious crackers.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • And we were always in search of some sonofabitch in a turban who had for too long been indulging in his favorite pastime of blowing up U.S. Marines.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Like most uglies, Tally had often indulged the fantasy that one day she might be on the Committee, and help decide what the next generation would look like.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Plus, in Caribbean households, boys were often indulged like little princes.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • You can’t allow yourself to indulge every whim, as ordinary people can, because with them it doesn’t matter anyway.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I was especially fond of animals, and was indulged by my parents with a great variety of pets.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • My cheeks burned and guilt coursed through me, the guilt of indulging myself at the expense of his ulcer, his black fingernails and aching wrists.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Then perhaps you would indulge me this little game?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
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