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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However, the problem of cripplingly high student debt has already been addressed — at taxpayer expense, and on terms that are overly generous. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Myths of Student-Loan Debt," 11 July 2019 In these moments, I am reminded of several stories from my own family about individuals who, despite the sacrifices, were generous to those in need. Blair Nodelman, Teen Vogue, "Why Jewish Activists Are On The Front Lines In Mass Protests Against ICE," 9 July 2019 Betsy had many beautiful qualities and was exceptionally generous. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/30," 30 June 2019 Making matters worse, employees say, is that Methodist’s health insurance benefits only allow employees to seek medical care at Methodist facilities, even though the financial assistance policies at its competitors are more generous. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "Low-Wage Workers Are Being Sued for Unpaid Medical Bills by a Nonprofit Christian Hospital That Employs Them," 28 June 2019 The owner of Metro Cleaners was generous to entities in the neighborhood. Helen Williams, nola.com, "Gretna institution closes its doors," 21 June 2019 Silk believes workers stay -- and others are eager to join -- because the company is generous and treats employees with respect. cleveland.com, "Digital Print Solutions gains first-place honors, small-business category: Top Workplaces 2019," 16 June 2019 Dancing’ for those who know me is a bit too generous. Rachel Monroe, New York Times, "One Reluctant Night Out Leads to a Forever Date," 14 June 2019 The Parallel Lives While known for his greed, Crassus was also capable of being generous. Andrea Frediani, National Geographic, "Money was not enough for Crassus, the richest man in Rome," 11 June 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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