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lavish

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adjective lav·ish \ˈla-vish\

Simple Definition of lavish

  • : giving or using a large amount of something

  • : given in large amounts

  • : having a very rich and expensive quality

Full Definition of lavish

  1. 1 :  expending or bestowing profusely :  prodigal

  2. 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


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lavish

verb lav·ish

Definition of lavish

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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>



1542

First Known Use of lavish

1542




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