from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To indulge (a desire, craving, or habit) to excess: overindulging a fondness for chocolate.
  • transitive v. To indulge (a person) excessively: overindulges his children.
  • intransitive v. To indulge in something to excess.

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  • v. To indulge to excess.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself


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  • For some people, being able to use all these words is rather like being faced with a chocolate box with multiple layers; the temptation to overindulge is just too great.

    Block That Adjective!

  • Don't make excuses or overindulge her, make sure that you, "The Mom," are respected for your wisdom, experience and support.

    Christine Whelan: The Complex Mother-Daughter Relationship

  • But it's probably not the shrewdest color choice if you have dogs and small children and friends who are prone to overindulge and spill red wine—no matter that they apologize profusely or rush to pour club soda over the stain.

    Why the Carpet Is White

  • Such as turning the gorgeous Cancun pristine estuary and sound and crystal beach into a concrete monster catering to U.S. drunken adolescent American pukeheads disrespecting the culture which in turn disrespects them by encouraging them to overindulge in poisonous drink with which they humiliate themselves repeatedly.

    Plan Puebla-Panama. Yay or Nay?

  • Who, after all, is going to overindulge our children when they are no longer with us, when they are all grown and on their own?

    Richard Bromfield, Ph.D.: Unspoiling Your Child

  • But just because parents are not responsible for the world out there doesn't mean that they don't have the powers to counter and withstand the forces that pressure them to overindulge their children.

    Richard Bromfield, Ph.D.: Unspoiling Your Child

  • Few, if any, parents of young children set out with a dream to overindulge their children.

    Richard Bromfield, Ph.D.: Unspoiling Your Child

  • If you overindulge, get over the guilt—and right back on your healthy plan.

    The Small Change Diet

  • Of course I either have to share it with the dog or get her one of her own, but the carrots at the moment are quite sweet, and unlike with dried fruit, which I tend to overindulge on, you just have one.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Burger Lite 26 Feb

  • Over the years, a fair amount of artists were known to overindulge a bit, but never to excess although one did have to be tied up when he became enraged over his wife leaving the party with someone else.

    Tom Teicholz: How LA Grew Its Art


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