adjective pro·fuse \prə-ˈfyüs, prō-\

: given, produced, or existing in large amounts

Full Definition of PROFUSE

:  pouring forth liberally :  extravagant <profuse in their thanks>
:  exhibiting great abundance :  bountiful <a profuse harvest>
pro·fuse·ly adverb
pro·fuse·ness noun

Examples of PROFUSE

  1. He offered profuse apologies for being late.
  2. They were profuse in their thanks.

Origin of PROFUSE

Middle English, from Latin profusus, past participle of profundere to pour forth, from pro- forth + fundere to pour — more at found
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of PROFUSE

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>.


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