v. in·dulged, in·dulg·ing, in·dulg·es
a. To yield to (a desire or whim); gratify: indulge a craving for chocolate.
b. To yield to the desires or whims of (someone), often excessively: We indulged our daughter on her birthday. See Synonyms at pamper.
2. Roman Catholic Church To grant an ecclesiastical indulgence or dispensation to.
1. To indulge oneself: eyed the desserts but didn't indulge.
2. To engage or take part, especially freely or avidly: indulged in outrageous behavior; indulged in all the latest fads.
[Latin indulgēre; see dlegh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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