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indulge
used in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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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

or:

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 spent no time in indulging the frivolous.
    p. 216.6
indulging = enjoying (to excess)
  • Our summer-gray pot-bellied stove bloomed rosy red during winter, and became a severe disciplinarian threat if we were so foolish as to indulge in making mistakes.
    p. 10.2
  • Although there was always generosity in the Negro neighborhood, it was indulged on pain of sacrifice.
    p. 49.7
  • While white girls learned to waltz and sit gracefully with a tea cup balanced on their knees, we were lagging behind, learning the mid-Victorian values with very little money to indulge them.
    p. 104.5
  • This was no time to indulge in human concerns or personal questions.
    p. 122.8
  • We indulged in a test of strength for weeks as Dad stood figuratively on the sidelines, neither cheering nor booing but enjoying himself greatly.
    p. 229.6
  • Although surprised, I refused to indulge my curiosity by questioning him.
    p. 231.1

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