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verb indulge pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈdʌldʒ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleindulging
past tenseindulged
past participleindulged
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  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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