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


lavished; lavishing; lavishes

Definition of lavish (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to expend or bestow with profusion : squander

Other Words from lavish


lavishly adverb
lavishness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for lavish


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In April 2009, the couple had a lavish second ceremony at Bündchen's Costa Rica home. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 The bishop, known for sporting a lavish lifestyle has been accused of staging an insurance scam to continue funding his heart’s desires, the New York Post reported. Ashlee Banks, Essence, 1 Aug. 2022 Larry was able to cash nearly $5 million in life insurance, and used that money to treat himself and Lori to a lavish lifestyle. Elisabeth Garber-paul, Rolling Stone, 1 Aug. 2022 However, the couple realized the show must go on and exchanged vows in front of friends and family in a lavish ceremony on Dec. 18, 2021 in Dubai at the Raffles Hotel. Lanae Brody,, 27 July 2022 Pippa married Matthews in a lavish May 2017 ceremony attended by royals including Prince William, Prince Harry, and Princess Beatrice. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 July 2022 The rocker and reality star married in May, then celebrated with a lavish ceremony in Portofino, Italy. Anna Chan, Billboard, 1 July 2022 On Sunday, May 22, the reality TV star and Blink-182 drummer tied the knot in their most lavish ceremony yet on the coast of Portofino, Italy. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 22 May 2022 The couple had three weddings in the past year, this one a lavish ceremony in Portofino, Italy. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 22 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Given its small size, the staff has the bandwidth to lavish guests with personal attention but in an unobtrusive way. Shivani Vora, Robb Report, 18 July 2022 Bruce Pearl basked in one last opportunity Tuesday to lavish praise on All-Americans Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler in advance of Thursday’s NBA Draft. Nubyjas Wilborn |, al, 21 June 2022 And so, as the year wears on, nearly every Republican candidate in the country will continue to lavish him with praise, visit him at Mar-a-Lago, and dutifully parrot his deranged talking points. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 May 2022 Sicilian palaces, for the most part, have gone from medieval fortresses to lavish Baroque showpieces, to offices, museums or ruins. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Though her grandmother passed away years ago, the restaurant continues to lavish the Ngs with affection. Esmé Weijun Wang, Bon Appétit, 29 Mar. 2022 Hawaii now has so many prisoners that some of them are shipped to a private prison in Arizona; meanwhile, the islands are home to lavish estates of tech barons including Pierre Omidyar and Mark Zuckerberg. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, 28 Jan. 2022 Meadows has since sued the committee and used right-wing media appearances to lavish Trump with praise and attempt to rewrite the history of January 6, insisting Trump acted swiftly to keep people safe, despite the evidence to the contrary. Sara Murray, CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 Now, some faculty believe those cuts have helped bankroll lavish spending on athletics and construction projects and could hurt the school academically. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lavish


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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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


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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