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used in Middlemarch

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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
  • But indulging your children is one thing, and finding money to pay their debts is another.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (87% in)
  • It was Celia's private luxury to indulge in this dislike.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (22% in)
  • For honesty, truth-telling fairness, was Mary's reigning virtue: she neither tried to create illusions, nor indulged in them for her own behoof, and when she was in a good mood she had humor enough in her to laugh at herself.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (93% in)
  • "You want to know something about him," she added, not choosing to indulge Rosamond's indirectness.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (94% in)
  • He objected to the rather free style of anecdote in which Dr. Sprague indulged, preferring well-sanctioned quotations, and liking refinement of all kinds: it was generally known that he had some kinship to a bishop, and sometimes spent his holidays at "the palace."
    Book 2 — Old and Young (57% in)
  • You must indulge yourself a little less in that.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (25% in)
  • For Lydgate was acute enough to indulge him with a little technical talk.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (21% in)
  • ...been towards the vindication of Will from any sullying surmises; and when, in her meeting with him afterwards, she had at first interpreted his words as a probable allusion to a feeling towards Mrs. Lydgate which he was determined to cut himself off from indulging, she had had a quick, sad, excusing vision of the charm there might be in his constant opportunities of companionship with that fair creature, who most likely shared his other tastes as she evidently did his delight in music.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (40% in)

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