lavish

adjective
lav·​ish | \ˈla-vish \

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

But because it’s 2018, and this is the future, IVs have now made their way to celebrities’ lavish bedsides, into hotel rooms, and all over Instagram. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "I Tried a Glow-Boosting IV Treatment to See If It'd Give Me Better Skin," 30 Nov. 2018 Along with the remains of at least nine people, the tomb contained lavish decorations and funerary goods, including four small jugs. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 The Live Auction lots always contain multiple elements: rare wines, exotic trips, lavish dinners, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Fortune, "Rare Wines and Camels — Just Some of the Offerings at This Year's Auction Napa Valley," 26 May 2018 Hosting Macron for the first state visit of his administration, culminating in a lavish dinner Tuesday night, Trump remained firm in his criticism of past and enduring American undertakings in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East. Fox News, "Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran," 26 Apr. 2018 Carlesimo, the former NBA head coach and assistant for the Spurs, also knew who would pay for the lavish dinner with Pope Francis. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "Off Topic: Players reveal top three people they would like to meet," 9 Apr. 2018 And with their large bathrooms and closets, the second floor bedrooms are almost just as lavish. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Mansion Has Sat Virtually Untouched For 50 Years," 8 July 2017 After a special performance by Catherine Ringer, everyone raised their glasses to the opening of the boutique in March 2019—just in time for another lavish party during Fashion Week. Vogue, "Galeries Lafayette Celebrates Its New Flagship in Grand Parisian Style," 2 July 2018 Weinstein and Dreamworks chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg also held lavish cocktail parties and fundraisers in New York City and Beverly Hills on her behalf for her 2014 campaign. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Has Alison Grimes returned Harvey Weinstein cash? Not from her campaign," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The museum languished even as the country lavished billions of dollars on sports stadiums and public works to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "Brazil museum fire sparks soul searching about spending," 27 Sep. 2018 But for all the obvious care and love lavished on the device, the overall look is, in this reviewer’s opinion, a swing and a miss. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store like a normal person," 23 Sep. 2018 Ryan Kadro, about the amount of attention that Mr. Rose lavished on Ms. Harris outside the office. John Koblin, New York Times, "3 Women Sue Charlie Rose and CBS, Alleging Harassment," 4 May 2018 She was treasured for her faithfulness, dedication and humor which was lavished on family and friends. courant.com, "Frances Marie Bartolotta," 28 Apr. 2018 Yesterday, Trump tweeted out a letter from Kim lavishing praise on him, as evidence that his delusion is reality. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 Trump regularly tells his supporters that US manufacturing is making a major comeback and lavishes praise on companies that build domestically. Alan Rappeport, BostonGlobe.com, "Harley-Davidson will move some production out of US," 25 June 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has developed a close relationship with and lavished praise on Trump, who has broken with decades of tradition by appearing to openly side with Israel in the Middle East conflict. Washington Post, "Israeli official says Israel should welcome Trump peace plan," 30 Apr. 2018 Differences aside, Trump and Macron lavished praise — and even a pair of kisses — on each other Tuesday. Fox News, "Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran," 26 Apr. 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

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

Verb

see lavish entry 1

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

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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 \

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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