ex·​trav·​a·​gant | \ ik-ˈstra-vi-gənt How to pronounce extravagant (audio) \

Definition of extravagant

1a : exceeding the limits of reason or necessity extravagant claims
b : lacking in moderation, balance, and restraint extravagant praise
c : extremely or excessively elaborate an extravagant display
2 : extremely or unreasonably high in price an extravagant purchase
3a : spending much more than necessary has always been extravagant with her money
4a archaic : wandering
b obsolete : strange, curious

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Other Words from extravagant

extravagantly adverb

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excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable. excessive punishment immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint. immoderate spending inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment. inordinate pride extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste. extravagant claims for the product exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree. exorbitant prices extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree. extreme shyness

Examples of extravagant in a Sentence

The company has been making extravagant claims about the drug's effectiveness. The film is notable for its extravagant settings and special effects. We're going on a less extravagant vacation this year. Her extravagant spending has to stop.
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The only reason for doubt is that with Barça spending big elsewhere this summer, splashing extra cash on a 36-year-old's wages might seem a tad extravagant with the focus now on looking to the future. SI.com, "Dani Alves: The Contenders to Sign Him & Where He Might End Up," 26 June 2019 Princess Victoria, 41, completed the extravagant look with matching accessories — dangling earrings and a clutch — and tied her hair back into a chic updo. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Royal Sisters-in-Law Go Hiking! See Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia of Sweden in the Wild," 13 June 2019 Despite having access to the most extravagant jewelry and couture finery the world has to offer, the Duchess of Cambridge prefers to keep things understated no matter the occasion. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kate Middleton’s Monochromatic Style Has a Socially Conscious Message," 22 Jan. 2019 In the first four seasons of spending lavishly, Villa splashed out £130 million, or roughly $165 million, to acquire players, placing the club among the most extravagant in world soccer. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The American Billionaire Who Got Chewed Up by English Soccer," 30 Nov. 2018 But Finding Dory diminishes Nemo’s philosophy of perseverance and communal kindness a bit, drowned out by a plot whose daring rescues frequently verge into the extravagant and often undermine the urgency of Dory’s quest to find her parents. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 That leaves a lot less money to spend on extravagant nuptials. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartz, "Young Americans are racking up debt for Instagrammable weddings," 20 June 2019 One obvious option is to roll back the 2017 tax cut, which Democrats fault as an extravagant giveaway to the rich. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Democratic candidates go big on spending," 16 June 2019 Bawah Reserve, Indonesia There are far-flung, extravagant private islands, and then there’s Bawah, which resides in a league of its own. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Beautiful Overwater Bungalows Around the World," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of extravagant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

History and Etymology for extravagant

Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin extravagant-, extravagans, from Latin extra- + vagant-, vagans, present participle of vagari to wander about, from vagus wandering

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English Language Learners Definition of extravagant

: more than is usual, necessary, or proper
: very fancy
: very expensive and not necessary


ex·​trav·​a·​gant | \ ik-ˈstra-və-gənt How to pronounce extravagant (audio) \

Kids Definition of extravagant

1 : going beyond what is reasonable or suitable extravagant praise
2 : wasteful especially of money

Other Words from extravagant

extravagantly adverb

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