indulge Definition

  • 1allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of
  • 2become involved in (an activity, typically one that is undesirable or disapproved of) to a great extent

Using indulge: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "indulge" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I always indulge in chocolate cake when I'm feeling down.

  • Example

    She indulged herself with a shopping spree.

  • Example

    He indulged his passion for music by attending concerts every weekend.

  • Example

    Don't indulge in gossiping about others.

indulge Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for indulge

Antonyms for indulge

Idioms Using indulge

  • to think about past events with pleasure and sometimes sadness


    Whenever she visits her hometown, she likes to indulge in nostalgia and visit her old school.

  • to enjoy expensive and comfortable things


    After years of hard work, she finally had the chance to indulge in luxury and travel around the world.

  • indulge one's senses

    to enjoy sensory pleasures such as taste, smell, or touch


    The restaurant's menu was designed to indulge the senses with exotic flavors and aromas.

Phrases with indulge

  • to allow oneself to enjoy something


    I like to indulge in a glass of wine after work.

  • to allow oneself to have or do something that one enjoys


    She decided to indulge herself with a spa day.

  • to satisfy a sudden or passing desire


    He decided to indulge his whim and buy the expensive watch.

Origins of indulge

from Latin 'indulgere', meaning 'be complaisant'


Summary: indulge in Brief

The verb 'indulge' [ɪnˈdʌldʒ] means to allow oneself to enjoy something or become involved in an activity to a great extent. It can be used positively, as in 'I always indulge in chocolate cake when I'm feeling down,' or negatively, as in 'Don't indulge in gossiping about others.' 'Indulge' is often used with phrases like 'indulge in' and 'indulge oneself,' and idioms like 'indulge in nostalgia' and 'indulge in luxury.'