from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To yield to (a desire or whim); gratify.
- intransitive verb To yield to the desires or whims of (someone), often excessively: synonym: pamper.
- intransitive verb Roman Catholic Church To grant an ecclesiastical indulgence or dispensation to.
- intransitive verb To indulge oneself.
- intransitive verb To engage or take part, especially freely or avidly.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To be kind or complaisant to; yield to the wish or humor of; gratify by compliance; refrain from restraining; humor: as, to
- To grant, as a favor; bestow in compliance with desire or petition; accord.
- To give way to; give free course to: as, to
indulgea 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 inthe use of tobacco.
- To yield; give way: with to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain.
- transitive verb to give free course to; to give one's self up to;
- transitive verb to yield to the desire of; to gratify by compliance; to humor; to withhold restraint from
- transitive verb To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.
- intransitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb intransitive : To
yieldto a temptationor desire.
- verb transitive To
satisfythe wishes or whims of.
- verb To
grantan extensionto the deadlineof a payment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb yield (to); give satisfaction to
- verb enjoy to excess
- verb treat with excessive indulgence
- verb give free rein to
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
That large order of large “Natural-Cut French Fries” that I like to order when I indulge is another 500 calories.
That every bad habit in which you indulge is shortening the life of some of your faculties, and that God Himself cannot save you from the doom which you are earning, deserving, and working out for yourself every day and every hour.
The case supposed, that our own hand, or eye, or foot, offend us; that the impure corruption we indulge is as dear to us as an eye or a hand, or that that which is to us as an eye or a hand, is become an invisible temptation to sin, or occasion of it.
Their master knew no peace of mind till, having passed the narrows, he found on some moor or common "plenty o 'sea-room," notwithstanding the danger that "plenty o 'sea-room" might induce the too artful Teddy to "turn topsails under," or in other words indulge in
There is a sort of listlessness -- or, perhaps, more properly, reverie -- in which many indulge, which is as sinful as it is unprofitable; and there are modes of thinking and subjects of thought, which are, to say the least, unworthy of a rational, intelligent and immortal spirit.
This is a most vexing thing, when persons professing the Christian name indulge themselves in a liberty to walk at random; are impatient of restraints; affect libertinism; have not refrained their feet but have loved to wander: therefore the Lord doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.
Bellville, does not the very word indulge shew the sensation to be pleasurable?
But you object, 'Must our love to the unbaptized indulge them in an act of disobedience?
Of course, the biggest attraction is that it presents a unique opportunity to "indulge" and to "learn about ourselves" and maybe you make or lose money.
Where banks are contracting, where typical investments may have failed people, there is an opportunity to "indulge" in a business that seems to be recession proof, yet do so in a conservative and smart way, like the banks.