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English verb: indulge

1. indulge (social) give free rein to

SamplesThe writer indulged in metaphorical language.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)wallow

2. indulge (consumption) yield (to); give satisfaction to

ExamplesSam cannot indulge Sue

Synonymsgratify, pander

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

Narrower (hyponym)humor, humour, sow one's oats, sow one's wild oats, spree

3. indulge (consumption) enjoy to excess

SamplesShe indulges in ice cream.

ExamplesThey indulge themselves


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out

Narrower (hyponym)surfeit

4. indulge (social) treat with excessive indulgence

SamplesGrandparents often pamper the children.
Let's not mollycoddle our students!.

Synonymsbaby, cocker, coddle, cosset, featherbed, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)do by, handle, treat

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