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Definition 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


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
  • She indulges her children more than is good for them.
indulges = allows them to get their way (gives into their desire)
  • I indulge my taste for sweets more than is good for me.
  • indulge = give into (a desire)
  • 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
  • Some of us aren't allowed to indulge ourselves.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • indulge = enjoy to excess
  • Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.
    Patrick Henry  --  Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
  • indulge = give into a desire in a manner that is not good
  • Now, I haven't indulged that habit in quite a while either.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • indulged = given into the desire of
  • She thrived on Christmas carols, delighted in decorations, and indulged in special treats and goodies.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • indulged = enjoyed (having given into a desire that would not be good in excess)
  • I regret that I cannot indulge your childish whims, but I refuse to pity you in the manner to which you are well accustomed.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • indulge = allow someone to get their way or enjoy something
  • He permitted smoking in his courtroom but did not himself indulge: sometimes, if one was lucky, one had the privilege of watching him put a long dry cigar into his mouth and munch it slowly up.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • indulge = enjoy it (even though it is thought not to be good)
  • Whatever choices I made, Jake would indulge in the latest video games.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • indulge = enjoy to excess
  • she spent no time in indulging the frivolous.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • indulging = enjoying (to excess)
  • It was fifteen thousand for a first-class ticket, but I'm sufficiently capitalized to indulge such whims.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • indulge = give into a desire to enjoy something
  • Although it was his dream and not mine, I indulged it.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • indulged = allowed someone to get their way or enjoy something
  • He'd indulged mine, after all.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • indulged = allowed someone to get their way or enjoy something
  • But these are not thoughts befitting me; I will endeavour to resign myself cheerfully to death and will indulge a hope of meeting you in another world.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He had been in Spain, and there had indulged in serenades and had made friends with a Spanish girl who played the mandolin.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Patch gave a sly smile and indulged my request.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Maybe because Nyx is sick and tired of you being selfish, spoiled, indulged, hateful ....
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • That afternoon I called Mom, who still never drank anything stronger than tea, and asked if I should indulge Dad.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • I indulged in certain practices that our society regards as shameful.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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