—v.i. to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one's will (often fol. by in): Dessert came, but I didn't indulge. They indulged in unbelievable shopping sprees.
—v.t. 1. to yield to, satisfy, or gratify (desires, feelings, etc.): to indulge one's appetite for sweets. 2. to yield to the wishes or whims of; be lenient or permissive with: to indulge a child. 3. to allow (oneself) to follow one's will (usually fol. by in): to indulge oneself in reckless spending. 4. Com.to grant an extension of time, for payment or performance, to (a person, company, etc.) or on (a bill, note, etc.).