generous

adjective
gen·​er·​ous | \ ˈjen-rəs How to pronounce generous (audio) , ˈje-nə-\

Definition of generous

1a : liberal in giving : openhanded a generous benefactor
b : 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
c : characterized by a noble or kindly spirit : magnanimous, kindly a generous heart
2 archaic : highborn

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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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The company’s generous benefits package helps attract its highly qualified workforce. Debra Gelbart, azcentral, "Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) – Medium Company Winner," 13 June 2019 Bill was a generous, kind, witty and compassionate person -- a friend to all who knew him. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/13," 13 June 2019 Benefits would be capped at $900 a week, making the Connecticut program the most generous benefit in the nation. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Tolls, marijuana, sports betting: What happened with the major issues before the Connecticut legislature?," 9 June 2019 But anonymous rumblings on message boards have been anything but generous, often suggesting that the college-counseling office was responsible for students not getting into selective schools. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Parents Gone Wild: High Drama Inside D.C.’s Most Elite Private School," 5 June 2019 Teachers hired before 2004 –when the pension plan had more generous benefits — would pay the higher rates. Sarah Zimmerman, The Seattle Times, "Brown releases plan to offset rising school pension costs," 12 Apr. 2019 That's pretty generous considering the kind of abuse mountain bikes endure. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "What's the Point of an Electric Mountain Bike?," 16 Dec. 2018 And when women hold more leadership roles, company profits are higher and workplace policies are more generous. Perrie Samotin, Glamour, "Male Bosses Are Ignoring Women Colleagues After #MeToo. This Is a Problem," 17 May 2019 Considering how most automakers offer recent college grads just a few hundred dollars in incentives, Mini is quite generous by building a cheaper standalone model with extra equipment. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Only Current Students, Recent Grads, and U.S. Military Can Buy This Mini," 14 May 2019

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First Known Use of generous

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for generous

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

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generous

adjective

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

generous

adjective
gen·​er·​ous | \ ˈje-nə-rəs How to pronounce generous (audio) , 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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