indulge [in dulj′]
indulged, indulging [L indulgere, to be kind to, yield to < in- + base prob. akin to Gr dolichos, long & Goth tulgus, firm]
1. to yield to or satisfy (a desire); give oneself up to [to indulge a craving for sweets]
2. to gratify the wishes of; be very lenient with; humor
3. Archaic to grant as a kindness, favor, or privilege
to give way to one's own desires; indulge oneself (in something)
SYN.- INDULGE implies a yielding to the wishes or desires of oneself or another, as because of a weak will or an amiable nature; HUMOR suggests compliance with the mood or whim of another [they humored the dying man ]; PAMPER implies overindulgence or excessive gratification; SPOIL emphasizes the harm done to the personality or character by overindulgence or excessive attention [grandparents often spoil children ]; BABY suggests the sort of pampering and devoted care lavished on infants and connotes a potential loss of self-reliance [because he was sickly, his mother continued to baby him ] -ANT. DISCIPLINE, RESTRAIN

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