lavish

adjective
lav·​ish | \ ˈla-vish \

Definition of lavish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : expending or bestowing profusely : prodigal lavish donors lavish in giving praise to her employees
2a : expended or produced in abundance the lavish attentions of his mother— George Meredith
b : marked by profusion or excess a lavish feast a lavish home

lavish

verb
lavished; lavishing; lavishes

Definition of lavish (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to expend or bestow with profusion : squander

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Other Words from lavish

Adjective

lavishly adverb
lavishness noun

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Adjective

profuse, lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant mean giving or given out in great abundance. profuse implies pouring forth without restraint. profuse apologies lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion. a lavish party prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources. prodigal spending luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance. a luxuriant beard lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance. a lush green lawn exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly. an exuberant imagination

Examples of lavish in a Sentence

Adjective

a lavish display of flowers this lavish consumption of our natural resources simply cannot continue

Verb

doting parents lavishing lots of attention on their children a great actor who lavished his talent in lousy movies
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The wedding itself was a lavish, multi-day affair, with a traditional Indian ceremony as well as a Western ceremony. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Nick Jonas Cried as Priyanka Chopra Walked Down the Aisle," 4 Dec. 2018 So if Eugenie’s wedding will be a more lavish affair than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s, why is there purported disinterest in the event? Nadra Nittle, Vox, "There’s another royal wedding coming up: Princess Eugenie’s," 5 Oct. 2018 But despite the tally coming in that much cheaper than her cousin's wedding, Princess Eugenie's big day is sure to be a lavish and memorable affair. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Is Costing More Than We Initially Thought," 22 Sep. 2018 New shows and top talent will be pitched from the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, followed by lavish evening affairs where marketers can eat lobster rolls and snag selfies with network stars. New York Times, "Why Traditional TV Is in Trouble," 13 May 2018 The former Zimbabwean leader is celebrating his first birthday since his resignation in near solitude , far from the lavish affair of years gone by. Washington Post, "Zimbabwe’s Mugabe marks 94th birthday in near solitude," 21 Feb. 2018 Trump has planned to mark his first full year in office with a lavish high-end affair at Mar-a-Lago. Denis Slattery, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Trump delays latest Mar-a-Lago trip until spending bill passes," 19 Jan. 2018 Hotel life can be lavish and super convenient, but don't barricade yourself in. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Stories of IRL Eloise: People Who Live in Hotels," 30 Nov. 2018 The indictment also alleges the Hunters used campaign funds for lavish personal spending on vacations, clothing, food and drink, salon trips, dental work, and more while concealing this spending from the FEC and investigators. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Indictment: Congressman spent campaign funds on $1,500 in Steam games [Updated]," 22 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Government officials and business leaders had turned from lavishing praise on the prince to criticizing him. Justin Scheck, WSJ, "Scandal Over Dead Journalist Jolts Heir to Saudi Throne," 20 Oct. 2018 Remember, lavishing so much praise on Bob Woodward and his new anti-Trump book. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani reacts to Paul Manafort's plea deal," 14 Sep. 2018 Boston hedge fund billionaire Seth Klarman lavished more than $7 million on Republican candidates and political committees during the Obama administration, using his fortune to help underwrite a GOP takeover of the federal government. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "In the era of Donald Trump, New England’s biggest GOP donor is funding Democrats," 15 Apr. 2018 Teams spent like drunken sailors, lavishing long-term, big-money deals on not-so-immortals such as Bismack Biyombo and Timofey Mozgov. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls plan patient approach in free agency, will focus first on re-signing Zach LaVine and David Nwaba," 30 June 2018 Poland’s ruling party, for example, waxes lyrical about the country’s Catholic way of life, and lavishes subsidies on big families, who are likely to be rural and religious. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 When Raden launched its website and simultaneously began selling on Amazon the following March, the company was lavished with press attention. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden," 12 Dec. 2018 Recently a good bit of praise has been lavished on one of these producers, Roagna, based in Barbaresco, with a winery and vineyards in Castiglione Falletto in Barolo, as well. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "This Elegant Italian Red Wine Is Easy to Love," 11 Dec. 2018 The museum languished even as the country lavished billions of dollars on sports stadiums and public works to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "Brazil museum fire sparks soul searching about spending," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of lavish

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lavish

Adjective and Verb

Middle English laves, lavage, probably from Middle French lavasse, lavache downpour of rain, from laver to wash — more at lavage

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lavish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lavish

: giving or using a large amount of something
: given in large amounts
: having a very rich and expensive quality

lavish

adjective
lav·​ish | \ ˈla-vish \

Kids Definition of lavish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : giving or involving a large amount : extravagant The lobby contained a lavish display of flowers.
2 : spent, produced, or given in large amounts She received lavish praise.

Other Words from lavish

lavishly adverb

lavish

verb
lavished; lavishing

Kids Definition of lavish (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spend, use, or give in large amounts They lavished attention on the children.

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