gen·er·ous | \ ˈjen-rəs , ˈje-nə- \

Definition of generous 

1 archaic : highborn

2a : characterized by a noble or kindly spirit : magnanimous, kindly a generous heart

b : liberal in giving : openhanded a generous benefactor

c : marked by abundance or ample proportions wide overhangs and generous verandas —Lewis Mumford : copious a thin salt-and-pepper moustache interrupted by a generous nose —Richard Zabel

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Other words from generous

generously adverb
generousness noun

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liberal, generous, bountiful, munificent mean giving or given freely and unstintingly. liberal suggests openhandedness in the giver and largeness in the thing or amount given. a teacher liberal with her praise generous stresses warmhearted readiness to give more than size or importance of the gift. a generous offer of help bountiful suggests lavish, unremitting giving or providing. children spoiled by bountiful presents munificent suggests a scale of giving appropriate to lords or princes. a munificent foundation grant

Examples of generous in a Sentence

The school raised the money through donations from generous alumni. He was generous with both his time and his money. She has always been very generous toward the poor. This restaurant is known for its generous portions. a generous helping of mashed potatoes She has a generous heart. He has generous sympathy for unemployed workers.
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Lately, the authorities have become more generous still. The Economist, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 12 July 2018 The groups would be considered political party committees, which have more generous financial contribution limits than legislative candidates. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "More campaign money could flow to California legislative leaders under new bill," 11 July 2018 In families, jealousy over one another’s cool experiences is natural, but a smart partner anchors to the more generous response. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Dad may have to choose between wife and child," 11 July 2018 In families, jealousy over one another’s cool experiences is natural, but a smart partner anchors to the more generous response. Amy Dickinson,, "Long distance may force a choice: Partner or child," 11 July 2018 No more generous musician or one with a more expansive heart. Mark Swed,, "As a conductor, composer and man, Oliver Knussen was larger than life," 10 July 2018 In families, jealousy over one another’s cool experiences is natural, but a smart partner anchors to the more generous response. Amy Dickinson,, "Dad may have to choose between his child and partner," 9 July 2018 Maybe your greatest power is your sharp ability to keep desiring a world greener or softer or more generous than this one. Jenny Sharaf, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of June 25," 25 June 2018 Even by this more generous reading, Trump is waxing enthusiastic once again for the governing style of the world’s most ruthless dictators. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump: My People Should ‘Sit Up in Attention’ Like Kim Jong-un’s Staff," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of generous

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for generous

Middle French or Latin; Middle French genereus, from Latin generosus, from gener-, genus

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English Language Learners Definition of generous

: freely giving or sharing money and other valuable things

: providing more than the amount that is needed or normal : abundant or ample

: showing kindness and concern for others


gen·er·ous | \ ˈje-nə-rəs , ˈjen-rəs \

Kids Definition of generous

1 : freely giving or sharing She was generous with her time.

2 : providing more than enough of what is needed : abundant a generous supply

Other words from generous

generously adverb

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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