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INDULGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does indulge mean? 

INDULGE (verb)
  The verb INDULGE has 4 senses:

1. give free rein to
2. yield (to); give satisfaction to
3. enjoy to excess
4. treat with excessive indulgence

  Familiarity information: INDULGE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INDULGE (verb)


Sense 1indulge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give free rein to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

The writer indulged in metaphorical language

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "indulge"):

wallow (devote oneself entirely to something; indulge in to an immoderate degree, usually with pleasure)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2indulge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Yield (to); give satisfaction to

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

pander; gratify; indulge

Hypernyms (to "indulge" is one way to...):

cater; ply; provide; supply (provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "indulge"):

humor; humour (put into a good mood)

spree (engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping)

sow one's oats; sow one's wild oats (live promiscuously and self-indulgently)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam cannot indulge Sue


Sense 3indulge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enjoy to excess

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

luxuriate; indulge

Context example:

She indulges in ice cream

Hypernyms (to "indulge" is one way to...):

consume; deplete; eat; eat up; exhaust; run through; use up; wipe out (use up (resources or materials))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "indulge"):

surfeit (indulge (one's appetite) to satiety)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They indulge themselves


Sense 4indulge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Treat with excessive indulgence

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

pamper; mollycoddle; featherbed; cosset; coddle; cocker; baby; indulge; spoil

Context examples:

grandparents often pamper the children / Let's not mollycoddle our students!

Hypernyms (to "indulge" is one way to...):

do by; handle; treat (interact in a certain way)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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