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indulged

verb

  1. (give free rein)  to give free rein to
  2. (provide)  to yield (to); to give satisfaction to
    Synonyms: gratify, pander. Type of: provide
  3. (consume)  to enjoy to excess
    Synonyms: luxuriate. Type of: consume
  4. (treat)  to treat with excessive indulgence
    Synonyms: baby, cocker, coddle, cosset, featherbed, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil. Type of: treat

Etymology summary

"to grant as a favor"; 1650s, of both persons and desires, "to treat with ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulges [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive/transitive] to allow yourself to have or do something that ... | [intransitive] to become involved in something that people do not ... (21 of 149 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle]

to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one's will (often followed by "in"). | to yield to, satisfy, or gratify (desires, ... (24 of 112 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulges [3rd-person singular present] | indulger [noun, related]

To yield to the desires and whims of, especially to an excessive degree; humor. | To yield to; gratify | To allow (oneself) unrestrained gratification ... (23 of 97 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulger [noun, related]

to yield to or satisfy (a desire); give oneself up to | to gratify the wishes of; be very lenient with; humor | [archaic] to grant as a kindness, ... (27 of 77 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulges [3rd-person singular present] | coddle [synonym, sense-specific] | cosset [synonym, sense-specific] | pamper [synonym, sense-specific] | spoil [synonym, sense-specific]

[intransitive, often followed by "in"] To yield to a temptation or desire. | [transitive] To satisfy the wishes or whims of. | To grant an extension to the deadline of a payment. (30 of 36 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Collins Dictionary:

indulge | pamper [synonym, sense-specific] | indulger [noun, derived]

[when] intr, often followed by in to yield to or gratify (a whim or desire for), | [transitive] to yield to the wishes of; pamper | [transitive] to ... (26 of 523 words, 5 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | gratify [synonym, sense-specific] | humor [synonym, sense-specific] | cater [synonym, sense-specific] | deny [antonym, sense-specific] | bask [similar, sense-specific] | luxuriate [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to give free rein to ; to take unrestrained pleasure in; "gratify" | to yield to the desire of; "humor" ; to treat with excessive leniency, ... (25 of 308 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

indulge | indulge in | indulger [derived]

("indulge in") : allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of | ("indulge in") : become involved in (an activity, typically one that is undesirable or ... (24 of 138 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

indulge

to allow yourself or another person to have something enjoyable, especially more than is good for you | to give someone anything they want and not to ... (26 of 74 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

indulged

pampered, spoiled, or catered to (5 of 14 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621019​/definition​.html  [offline]

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulges [3rd-person singular present]

to allow yourself or somebody else to experience something enjoyable | to permit yourself to drink alcohol, especially to excess | to allow a debtor ... (23 of 80 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

indulge

First use: 1630s

Origin: "to grant as a favor"; 1650s, of both persons and desires, "to treat with unearned favor"; a back formation from "indulgence".

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New World Dictionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle]

Origin: Latin indulgere, to be kind to, yield to from in- + base probably akin to Greek dolichos, long and Gothic tulgus, firm

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Collins Dictionary:

indulge

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin indulgēre to concede, from -dulgēre, probably related to Greek dolikhos long, Gothic tulgus firm

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Oxford Dictionary:

indulge | indulge in

First use: early 17th century

Origin: (in the sense "treat with excessive kindness"): from Latin indulgere "give free rein to"

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Merriam-Webster:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle]

First use: about 1623

Origin: Latin indulgēre to be complaisant

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American Heritage Dictionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulges [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin indulgēre; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots.

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Wiktionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulges [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: the Latin indulgeō ("I indulge").

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Encarta Dictionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulges [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Latin indulgere "allow space for"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulges [3rd-person singular present]

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indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulges [3rd-person singular present]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

indulge | indulged [past tense] | indulging [present participle] | indulges [3rd-person singular present]

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