from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To yield to the desires and whims of, especially to an excessive degree; humor.
- transitive v. To yield to; gratify: indulge a craving for chocolate.
- transitive v. To allow (oneself) unrestrained gratification: indulged herself with idle daydreams. See Synonyms at pamper.
- transitive v. Roman Catholic Church To grant an ecclesiastical indulgence or dispensation to.
- intransitive v. To indulge oneself: eyed the desserts but didn't indulge.
- intransitive v. To engage or take part, especially freely or avidly: indulged in outrageous behavior; indulged in all the latest fads.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. : To yield to a temptation or desire.
- v. To satisfy the wishes or whims of.
- v. To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain.
- transitive v. to give free course to; to give one's self up to;
- transitive v. to yield to the desire of; to gratify by compliance; to humor; to withhold restraint from
- transitive v. To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.
- intransitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be kind or complaisant to; yield to the wish or humor of; gratify by compliance; refrain from restraining; humor: as, to indulge a child.
- To grant, as a favor; bestow in compliance with desire or petition; accord.
- To give way to; give free course to: as, to indulge a propensity or a passion.
- Synonyms Humor, etc. (see gratify); favor, pamper.
- To gratify one's self freely; give free course to the gratification of one's desires or appetites: followed by in before the object of desire, etc.: as, to indulge in the use of tobacco.
- To yield; give way: with to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. yield (to); give satisfaction to
- v. enjoy to excess
- v. treat with excessive indulgence
- v. give free rein to
Latin indulgēre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin indulgeō ("I indulge"). (Wiktionary)