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lavish

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adjective lav·ish \ ˈla-vish \

Definition of lavish

1 :expending or bestowing profusely :prodigal
  • lavish donors
  • lavish in giving praise to her employees
2 a :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

lavishly

adverb

lavishness

noun

Examples of lavish in a Sentence

  1. a lavish display of flowers

  2. this lavish consumption of our natural resources simply cannot continue

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Origin and Etymology of lavish

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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lavish

verb

Definition of lavish

transitive verb
:to expend or bestow with profusion :squander

Examples of lavish in a Sentence

  1. doting parents lavishing lots of attention on their children

  2. a great actor who lavished his talent in lousy movies

Recent Examples of lavish from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of lavish

lavish Synonyms

Synonyms
heap, rain, pour, shower
Antonyms
conserve
Related Words
gush, stream; flood, inundate, overflow, overwhelm, swamp; bombard, hail
Near Antonyms
hold back, keep, reserve, retain, withhold


LAVISH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of lavish for English Language Learners

  • : giving or using a large amount of something

  • : given in large amounts

  • : having a very rich and expensive quality


LAVISH Defined for Kids

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lavish

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adjective lav·ish \ ˈla-vish \

Definition of lavish for Students

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.

lavishly

adverb

History for lavish

Lavish comes from an older English noun lavish that meant “plenty.” This noun probably came from a medieval French word lavasse, “a heavy rain.” This French word is derived from a verb laver, “to wash,” which goes back to Latin lavare. Other English words that ultimately trace back to lavare are lavatory and laundry.


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lavish

verb

Definition of lavish for Students

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


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