lavish

adjective
lav·​ish | \ ˈla-vish How to pronounce lavish (audio) \

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 Among their far happier moments: All those over-the-top birthday bashes, lavish weddings and baby showers, let alone the weddings themselves. Leanne Italie, chicagotribune.com, 6 June 2021 Kardashian and West married in a lavish wedding in Italy in 2014 . Lisa Respers France, CNN, 4 June 2021 Not every headlining comedian has lucrative studio deals and attends lavish Hollywood parties with good caviar and Tom Hanks. Scott King, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Cheri mostly spent her weekends preparing for and then attending lavish parties in the Bay Area and beyond. Ew Staff, EW.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Can’t wait to bring you inside our lavish world of real estate throughout the Tampa Bay area. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Mar. 2021 Mark and Patricia McCloskey became celebrities in conservative circles — and were vilified among Democrats — after the incident on June 28 outside their lavish home in St. Louis' Central West End. Jim Salter, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 Williams and Ohanian married in 2017 in a lavish ceremony in New Orleans, which saw guests like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Apr. 2021 The couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Santa Barbara in 2008 at the Biltmore Hotel. Charli Penn, Essence, 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then there’s the money and perks that its members receive, in addition to lavish overseas junkets and other ethical lapses, according to a scathing report by the Los Angeles Times in February. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Minuscule budgets lead to win totals in the 90s regularly in the East Bay, and despite choosing to not lavish players with big-money contracts or chase big-name free agents, postseason appearances are often an expectation, not the exception. Anthony Witrado, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Yet readers largely ignored After the Last Sky and similar projects, and most certainly did not lavish it with the prizes and honors that were showered on Orientalism. Udi Greenberg, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2021 Family WhatsApp groups keep veritable scorecards of famous desis, as though Vice President Kamala Harris or Surgeon General Vivek Murthy were cousins on whom to lavish clannish pride. Sanjena Sathian, Time, 9 Apr. 2021 Founded in 2006 by CEO Brandon Wade, Seeking Arrangements matches aspiring sugar babies, typically younger women, with sugar daddies, usually older men, who lavish them with gifts and various luxury goods in exchange for their attention. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2021 Nobody nowadays wins election by promising to lavish the unemployed with public funds. The Economist, 1 Apr. 2021 Given that history, why did some in the Jewish community lavish him with praise? Andrea Cooper, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Mar. 2021 Taxpayers shouldn’t have to lavish money on the club of former presidents, lawmakers reasoned, since corporate America was already doing it so nicely. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of lavish was in the 15th century

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9 Jun 2021

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“Lavish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lavish. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce lavish (audio) \

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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