indulge

Indulge is a verb that means "to give in to something," like when you indulge your craving for chocolate by eating a big piece of it.

The original meaning of indulge is "to treat with unearned favor." That's why it doesn't mean the same as reward. Instead, when you indulge, you enjoy or take part in something just because you want to — like indulging in a celebrity gossip magazine: you know you should be doing something more constructive, but you don't care. When you indulge someone else, you go along with whatever they want to do.

DEFINITIONS OF: indulge

1

v yield (to); give satisfaction to

Synonyms:
gratify, pander
Types:
humor, humour
put into a good mood
spree
engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping
sow one's oats, sow one's wild oats
live promiscuously and self-indulgently
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

v treat with excessive indulgence

Synonyms:
baby, cocker, coddle, cosset, featherbed, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil
Type of:
do by, handle, treat
interact in a certain way

v enjoy to excess

“She indulges in ice cream”
Synonyms:
luxuriate
Types:
surfeit
indulge (one's appetite) to satiety
Type of:
consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
use up (resources or materials)

v give free rein to

“The writer indulged in metaphorical language”
Types:
wallow
devote oneself entirely to something; indulge in to an immoderate degree, usually with pleasure
WORD FAMILY
USAGE EXAMPLES