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indulge


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Indulge  \In*dulge"\,  v.  i. 
  To  indulge  one's  self  to  gratify  one's  tastes  or  desires; 
  esp.,  to  give  one's  self  up  (to);  to  practice  a  forbidden  or 
  questionable  act  without  restraint;  --  followed  by  in  but 
  formerly,  also  by  to  ``Willing  to  indulge  in  easy  vices.'' 
  --Johnson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Indulge  \In*dulge"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Indulged};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Indulging}.]  [L.  indulgere  to  be  kind  or  tender  to 
  one  cf  OIr.  dilgud  equiv.  to  L.  remissio,  OIr.  dligeth 
  equiv.  to  L.  lex,  Goth.  dulgs  debt.] 
  1.  To  be  complacent  toward;  to  give  way  to  not  to  oppose  or 
  restrain; 
  a  when  said  of  a  habit,  desire,  etc.:  to  give  free 
  course  to  to  give  one's  self  up  to  as  to  indulge 
  sloth,  pride,  selfishness,  or  inclinations; 
  b  when  said  of  a  person:  to  yield  to  the  desire  of  to 
  gratify  by  compliance;  to  humor;  to  withhold  restraint 
  from  as  to  indulge  children  in  their  caprices  or 
  willfulness;  to  indulge  one's  self  with  a  rest  or  in 
  pleasure. 
 
  Hope  in  another  life  implies  that  we  indulge 
  ourselves  in  the  gratifications  of  this  very 
  sparingly.  --Atterbury. 
 
  2.  To  grant  as  by  favor;  to  bestow  in  concession,  or  in 
  compliance  with  a  wish  or  request. 
 
  Persuading  us  that  something  must  be  indulged  to 
  public  manners.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  Yet  yet  a  moment,  one  dim  ray  of  light  Indulge, 
  dread  Chaos,  and  eternal  Night!  --Pope. 
 
  Note:  It  is  remarked  by  Johnson,  that  if  the  matter  of 
  indulgence  is  a  single  thing  it  has  with  before  it  if 
  it  is  a  habit,  it  has  in  as  he  indulged  himself  with 
  a  glass  of  wine  or  a  new  book;  he  indulges  himself  in 
  idleness  or  intemperance.  See  {Gratify}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  indulge 
  v  1:  give  free  rein  to  "The  write  indulged  in  metaphorical 
  language" 
  2:  yield  (to);  give  satisfaction  to  [syn:  {gratify},  {pander}] 
  3:  enjoy  to  excess  [syn:  {luxuriate}] 
  4:  treat  with  excessive  indulgence;  "grandparents  often  pamper 
  the  children";  "Let's  not  mollycoddle  our  students!"  [syn: 
  {pamper},  {featherbed},  {cosset},  {cocker},  {baby},  {coddle}, 
  {mollycoddle},  {spoil}] 




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