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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Part of the reason is that Medicare for All would offer generous benefits with no copays and deductibles, except limited cost-sharing for certain medications. Hope Yen, The Denver Post, "Associated Press fact check: Trump, Democrats and their tale of two countries," 14 Sep. 2019 Medicare for All’’ would offer generous benefits with no copays and deductibles, except limited cost-sharing for certain medications. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — Ten Democrats seeking the presidency sparred Thursday night in a sprawling debate that put all qualifying contenders on the same stage for the first time.," 13 Sep. 2019 Madeleine said Boone was generous in his philanthropy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Visiting sculptor donates prize money to San Diego’s homeless," 13 Sep. 2019 Bolton has argued that waivers for the sanctions were too generous toward Iran. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Donald Trump fires John Bolton after tumultuous tenure," 10 Sep. 2019 The enterprise fund was most generous in its early days, when then-Gov. Dallas News, "Here's where Uber's $24 million ranks among state's biggest incentive packages," 26 Aug. 2019 France’s generous jobless benefits are being tightened to return people to the work force more quickly. New York Times, "In an Industrial Corner of France, 18,000 Jobs Are On Offer. Why Aren’t People Taking Them?," 27 July 2019 They are heavily marketed to seniors as offering more generous benefits than traditional Medicare such as wider prescription drugs coverage, dental and vision coverage. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "Oscar insurance to start offering Medicare Advantage in Houston," 17 July 2019 Brazil’s pension system currently allows some workers to retire in their 40s on almost their full salary and pays generous retirement benefits to tens of thousands of public workers. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazil’s Congress Votes in Favor of Pension Overhaul Bill in First-Round Vote," 10 July 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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