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

Imelda was infamous for her lavish spending as first lady. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Eternal Recount of the Sunshine State," 10 Nov. 2018 Both the Duke and Duchess of York and the Brooksbank family will reportedly help pay for the lavish multi-day event, with the Queen also potentially contributing from her private income. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie Do for a Living," 11 Oct. 2018 The ballroom regularly hosts lavish events and guests who hire it are often keen to match their menus to their luxurious surroundings. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Bar Star: Delphia Lewis at Dreams Bar & Lounge," 6 June 2018 North Korea’s government, which is no stranger to hosting lavish events like military parades and party congresses of its own, has ample funds to cover important meetings for Kim. Washington Post, "At Trump-Kim summit, don’t expect NKorea to foot the bill," 5 June 2018 North Korea’s government, which is no stranger to hosting lavish events like military parades and party congresses of its own, has ample funds to cover important meetings for Kim. Eric Talmadge, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump reportedly seeking discreet way to help pay Kim Jong Un’s hotel bill for summit," 4 June 2018 North Korea's government, which is no stranger to hosting lavish events like military parades and party congresses of its own, has ample funds to cover important meetings for Kim. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "At Trump-Kim summit, don't expect NKorea to foot the bill," 4 June 2018 According to Page Six, the lavish event is part of the final chapter in Crowe's divorce from wife Danielle Spencer. refinery29.com, "Russell Crowe Proves Celebrity Divorce Auctions Are A Real Thing," 7 Mar. 2018 Embassies and lobbying firms representing Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have held lavish events at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak even stayed there during an official visit last year. Matt Ford, New Republic, "Nationalize the Trump Organization," 21 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the Shri Krishna Gaushala, the 8,100 bovine residents receive abundant feed and free veterinary care, thanks to the generosity of the Hindu faithful and Modi’s government, which has lavished at least 5.8 billion rupees on the refuges. Anindya Upadhyay, Bloomberg.com, "India’s Sacred Cow Now Threatens an $83 Billion Dairy Industry," 23 Jan. 2018 Orban, a close Netanyahu ally, has lavished praise on Miklos Horthy, Hungary’s World War II-era ruler, who introduced anti-Semitic laws and collaborated with the Nazis. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped," 19 Feb. 2019 The doctor, in turn, lavished the senator with vacations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Down-Ballot Democrats Prop Up Menendez," 9 Oct. 2018 Apple hasn’t functionally updated the MacBook Air since 2015, leaving fans of the ultra-lightweight laptop to linger in outdated agony as Apple has lavished its attention on the newer 12-inch MacBook and updated MacBook Pro laptops. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "What to expect at Apple’s October hardware event," 28 Oct. 2018 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

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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 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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