In·dulge v. t. [imp. & p. p. Indulged p. pr. & vb. n. Indulging ]
1. To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain; (a) when said of a habit, desire, etc.: to give free course to; to give one's self up to; as, to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations; (b) when said of a person: to yield to the desire of; to gratify by compliance; to humor; to withhold restraint from; as, to indulge children in their caprices or willfulness; to indulge one's self with a rest or in pleasure.
Hope in another life implies that we indulge ourselves in the gratifications of this very sparingly. --Atterbury.
2. To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.
Persuading us that something must be indulged to public manners. --Jer. Taylor.
Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light
Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night! --Pope.
Note: ☞ It is remarked by Johnson, that if the matter of indulgence is a single thing, it has with before it; if it is a habit, it has in; as, he indulged himself with a glass of wine or a new book; he indulges himself in idleness or intemperance. See Gratify.
In·dulge, v. i. To indulge one's self; to gratify one's tastes or desires; esp., to give one's self up (to); to practice a forbidden or questionable act without restraint; -- followed by in, but formerly, also, by to. “Willing to indulge in easy vices.”
v 1: give free rein to; "The writer indulged in metaphorical
2: yield (to); give satisfaction to [syn: gratify, pander]
3: enjoy to excess [syn: luxuriate]
4: treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper
the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!" [syn:
pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle,