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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An extraordinary beautiful and thoughtful gift to us by the amazing, lovely and generous @zambishot Penguins have only one partner and mate for life. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Marc Jacobs Just Married Char Defrancesco in a Star-Studded New York Wedding," 7 Apr. 2019 The makeup artist finished off the eyes with a touch of Yeyo eyeliner in her waterline, along with a few generous coats of the brand's Perversion Mascara. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Maisie Williams Wore a Full Face of Urban Decay’s Game of Thrones Makeup Collection to the Season 8 Premiere," 4 Apr. 2019 But the government has faced criticism for not renegotiating a deal that many Guyanese say is too generous to foreign oil partners and leaves little for the nation’s development. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuela-Guyana Feud Halts Exxon Project," 24 Dec. 2018 Now, Valve is moving to change those terms to be more generous to Steam developers, but only for the absolute biggest games on the service. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve changes developer terms to try to retain top games," 3 Dec. 2018 Lucas, a fellow Indiana native, is a generous donor to Republican candidates, including to Pence, who received at least $50,000 from Lucas and his wife when Pence was running for governor of Indiana. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "Pardoned by Trump, Oregon ranchers ride home in style on Pence ally's private jet," 12 July 2018 The cost associated with these five tigers’ (and other wild animals’) rescue, rehab and transport is daunting, and currently being covered by generous donors. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "Five Rescued Circus Tigers Get a New Lease on Life as Retirees at U.K.'s Isle of Wight Zoo," 21 June 2018 Spoon a bunch of sweet and tart apple pie filling on top, drizzled it with caramel sauce and go generous with the cinnamon sugar topping. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Insane new Indiana State Fair foods that will complete your summer," 9 July 2018 The crowd at the event was generous with standing ovations, and one of the loudest came when Bill King, the legendary radio-TV announcer and master of ceremonies, walked over an planted a kiss on the Walter A. Brown Championship Trophy. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "1974-75 Warriors were champions, but their wardrobes were the real MVPs," 9 June 2018

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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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