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1lavish

adjective lav·ish \ˈla-vish\

: giving or using a large amount of something

: given in large amounts

: having a very rich and expensive quality

Full Definition of LAVISH

1
:  expending or bestowing profusely :  prodigal
2
a :  expended or produced in abundance
b :  marked by profusion or excess
lav·ish·ly adverb
lav·ish·ness noun

Examples of LAVISH

  1. a lavish display of flowers
  2. <this lavish consumption of our natural resources simply cannot continue>

Origin of LAVISH

Middle English laves, lavage, probably from Middle French lavasse, lavache downpour of rain, from laver to wash — more at lavage
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of LAVISH

profuse, lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant mean giving or given out in great abundance. profuse implies pouring forth without restraint <profuse apologies>. lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion <a lavish party>. prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources <prodigal spending>. luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance <a luxuriant beard>. lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance <a lush green lawn>. exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly <an exuberant imagination>.

Rhymes with LAVISH

2lavish

verb

Definition of LAVISH

transitive verb
:  to expend or bestow with profusion :  squander

Examples of LAVISH

  1. <doting parents lavishing lots of attention on their children>
  2. <a great actor who lavished his talent in lousy movies>

First Known Use of LAVISH

1542

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LAVISH Defined for Kids

1lavish

adjective lav·ish \ˈla-vish\

Definition of LAVISH for Kids

1
:  giving or involving a large amount :  extravagant <The lobby contained a lavish display of flowers.>
2
:  spent, produced, or given in large amounts <She received lavish praise.>
lav·ish·ly adverb

Word History of LAVISH

Lavish comes from an older English noun lavish that meant plenty. This noun probably came from a medieval French word lavasse, a heavy rain. This French word is derived from a verb laver, to wash, which goes back to Latin lavare. Other English words that ultimately trace back to lavare are lavatory and laundry.

2lavish

verb
lav·ishedlav·ish·ing

Definition of LAVISH for Kids

:  to spend, use, or give in large amounts <They lavished attention on the children.>

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