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verb     indulge pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleindulging
past tenseindulged
past participleindulged
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to allow yourself to have or do something that you enjoy
    indulge in:

    an opportunity to indulge in leisure activities like reading

    indulge yourself (in something):

    Indulge yourself – come on a gourmet food weekend.

    indulge a passion/taste/interest:

    The new job gave him the chance to indulge his passion for music.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to allow someone to do what they want or enjoy

      He loves his wife and indulges his sons.

      It’s part of her agent’s job to indulge her whims.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to have or eat something that you enjoy but that you should not have much of

      Many people feel that their vacation is the time to indulge.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become involved in something that people do not approve of
    indulge in:

    He had indulged in affairs with several women.



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