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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the act of indulging or gratifying a desire [syn: indulgence,
           pampering, humoring]