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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


Synonymsluxuriate


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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