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v. in·dulged, in·dulg·ing, in·dulg·es
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.
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.
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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, splurge - any act of immoderate indulgence; "an orgy of shopping"; "an emotional binge"; "a splurge of spending"
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References in classic literature ?
In indulging and pitying lay ever my greatest danger; and all human hubbub wisheth to be indulged and tolerated.
But he only replied that I had been the betrayer in the case, by indulging in various amours.
It is also absurd for those who promote a community of children to forbid those who love each other from indulging themselves in the last excesses of that passion, while they do not restrain them from the passion itself, or those intercourses which are of all things most improper, between a Father and a son, a brother and a brother, and indeed the thing itself is most absurd.
Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Aug 30 (ANI): The Congress leader DK Shivakumar on Friday launched a scathing attack on Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa for indulging in "vindictive politics" after coming to power.
I hope our public representatives and civic officials use all their energies to deal with the issues caused by the monsoon instead of indulging in acrimonious blame games that help no one.
He warned that young people should not indulge in firing into the air and wheelie-doing and those indulging in hooliganism would be sent behind the bars.
CHIEF Isaac Nwonwu, Labour Party's governorship candidate in Rivers, has cautioned supporters of the party against indulging in violence during the 2019 polls.
You and your loved one can enjoy 60-minute Pure Harmony massage that combines expertise and a thoughtfully curated range of wellness products at The Spa at Address Dubai Mall followed by an indulging four-course lunch at Cabana with the stunning views of Burj Khalifa.
figure By WINNIE ATIENO class="MsoNormalSchool leavers who sat this year's national primary and secondary school examinations have been warned against indulging in drugs and substance abuse.
Dubai: Nineteen members of two bootlegging gangs have lost their appeals and will spend different terms for indulging in group fight that resulted in one death and another person critically injured.
Talking to the media after presiding over a meeting of the JI provincial advisory council in Peshawar, Sirajul Haq said it was an irony that our police laid hands on poor taxi drivers but spared those indulging in corruption of billions.
The United States should refrain itself from indulging in this politics of throwing dirt of own failures on others.