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 From the lavish to the epic fifth-, any invitation to a Frame fete is among the most coveted. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Imaan Hammam and Drake Got All the Attention at Last Night’s Frame Dinner," 8 Feb. 2020 The day before Sonmez was suspended, Bezos hosted a lavish party attended by Washington’s upper crust, including Kellyanne Conway and Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Washington Post Has Gotten Off Easy for Too Long," 4 Feb. 2020 Jenner and Kim Kardashian West gave us a tour through the lavish party on their Instagram Stories. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Inside Stormi Webster’s Second Bday — Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Built Her A Whole Amusement Park," 2 Feb. 2020 The party request was reminiscent of the Kilpatrick era, during which a hat was often passed around the mayor's office seeking donations from staff to the boss' lavish birthday parties. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit rep's email asks for help to free Kilpatrick — and birthday party donations," 28 Jan. 2020 John McDonnell, Labour’s shadow chancellor, has even greater ambitions that might involve another 150 billion pounds of spending above and beyond his already lavish plans for the next five years. Marcus Ashworth | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Pimco Is Getting It All Wrong About Britain," 7 Nov. 2019 Here comes the bride Waddington’s film opens innocently enough, as Roberts’ Uma makes the rounds at her lavish wedding to the wealthy Son (Arnaud Valois) in a utopian society separated into polar extremes of rich and poor. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "How Hitchcock, royalty, and straitjackets inspired bonkers Paradise Hills costumes," 28 Oct. 2019 After attending Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's lavish South Carolinian wedding with Fai Khadra, Kendall Jenner got rumors swirling that the two were an item. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About Fai Khadra, Kendall Jenner's Date to the Bieber Wedding," 1 Oct. 2019 Yesterday, the actress threw the most lavish birthday party in the history of birthday parties to celebrate her 50th year. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo’s 50th Birthday Party Is the Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of," 25 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert tears up listening to praise lavished on him by Joey Harrington, Justin Wilcox, Matt Leinart and others. oregonlive, "The Rose Bowl looms, and may the most physical team win: Issues & Answers," 31 Dec. 2019 The plane, along with the highly profitable 737, funded the increasingly generous returns the company lavished on investors. BostonGlobe.com, "Boeing ousts CEO, picks chairman to map exit from Max crisis - The Boston Globe," 24 Dec. 2019 The plane, along with the highly profitable 737, funded the increasingly generous returns the company lavished on investors. Julie Johnsson, Fortune, "Boeing CEO is Out as 737 MAX Crisis Deepens," 23 Dec. 2019 It’s hard to imagine that Mann, the great ironist, was not aware of the self-caricaturing potential in the adulation lavished on him by American politicians, from Henry Wallace to Harold Ickes. Elizabeth Powers, National Review, "Thomas Mann in America," 5 Dec. 2019 Redmond had won the trust of Ballard’s parents and had given the boy gifts of sports equipment, lavished praise on him and most of all gave him his time, according to the lawsuit. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "New Hampshire man suing ex-Yale professor for molestation accuses him of rushing to sell home to avoid a judgment in the case," 26 Nov. 2019 The Veterans History Project, which the Niles-Maine Library created in partnership with the prestigious Library of Congress, will continue to benefit from the great care that former adult services librarian Neil O’Shea lavished on it. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, "Niles’ treasure of veterans and their stories loses its curator, but marches forward," 12 Nov. 2019 The government lavishes money on orchestras, which now number over 80, and new concert halls. The Economist, "How China made the piano its own," 18 Dec. 2019 Besides being the ultimate geotag brag, guests of the Gudliya Suite will be lavished with exclusive perks. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "You Can Now Book an Airbnb Stay in Jaipur's Royal Palace," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Lavish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lavish. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for lavish

lavish

adjective
How to pronounce lavish (audio)

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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