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in·dulge

 (ĭn-dŭlj′)
v. in·dulged, in·dulg·ing, in·dulg·es
v.tr.
1.
a. To yield to (a desire or whim); gratify: indulge a craving for chocolate.
b. To yield to the desires or whims of (someone), often excessively: We indulged our daughter on her birthday. See Synonyms at pamper.
2. Roman Catholic Church To grant an ecclesiastical indulgence or dispensation to.
v.intr.
1. To indulge oneself: eyed the desserts but didn't indulge.
2. To engage or take part, especially freely or avidly: indulged in outrageous behavior; indulged in all the latest fads.

[Latin indulgēre; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots.]

in·dulg′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indulging - the act of indulging or gratifying a desireindulging - the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
intemperateness, self-indulgence, intemperance - excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence; "the intemperance of their language"
gratification - the act or an instance of satisfying
overindulgence, excess - excessive indulgence; "the child was spoiled by overindulgence"
binge, orgy, splurge - any act of immoderate indulgence; "an orgy of shopping"; "an emotional binge"; "a splurge of spending"
References in classic literature ?
Congratulating himself that a handsome repast had been ordered that morning, feeling sure that it would be ready to the minute, and indulging in pleasant anticipations of the charming effect it would produce, when his pretty wife came running out to meet him, he escorted his friend to his mansion, with the irrepressible satisfaction of a young host and husband.
If he had expected to find her languishing, reproachful, or indulging in sentimental tears, he must have been greatly surprised.
Partial relatives have almost persuaded me that I am not entirely worthless in a duet myself; and we may enliven our wayfaring by indulging in our favorite pursuit.
After my fellowship of toil and impracticable schemes with the dreamy brethren of Brook Farm; after living for three years within the subtle influence of an intellect like Emerson's; after those wild, free days on the Assabeth, indulging fantastic speculations, beside our fire of fallen boughs, with Ellery Channing; after talking with Thoreau about pine-trees and Indian relics in his hermitage at Walden; after growing fastidious by sympathy with the classic refinement of Hillard's culture; after becoming imbued with poetic sentiment at Longfellow's hearthstone -- it was time, at length, that I should exercise other faculties of my nature, and nourish myself with food for which I had hitherto had little appetite.
I used to send her on her travels round the grounds - now on foot, and now on a pony; indulging her with a patient audience of all her real and imaginary adventures when she returned.
To mend the matter, Hamlet's aunt had the family failing of indulging in soliloquy, and held forth in a desultory manner, by herself, on every topic that was introduced.
Wopsle, exalted with his late performance, "we have been indulging, Mr.
And kind hearts, they say, are more than coronets," she replied merrily, indulging in that derisive quotation which seems to be the final reward of the greatest poets.
While indulging themselves in the pleasures of the table, they aimed at delicacy, but avoided excess, and were apt to attribute gluttony and drunkenness to the vanquished Saxons, as vices peculiar to their inferior station.
She is conscience-stricken because she is only indulging in the luxury of being adored 'by far the cleverest man she has ever met,' and is as heart-whole as I am
We began to laugh again, feeling sure that they were indulging in some joke that was intended to crown our little entertainment.
While I was thus indulging my grief my host entered, and said, "There is an old man downstairs who has brought your hatchet and slippers, which he picked up on the road, and now restores to you, as he found out from one of your comrades where you lived.