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 As Quartz Africa wrote at the time of his removal from office in 2017: Mugabe’s birthday, Feb. 21, has been marked for years by a boisterous youth movement with lavish parties. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Robert Mugabe has died leaving behind a conflicted legacy," 6 Sep. 2019 Sort of like mortaging your house to the hilt, then using it to throw a lavish party. Larry Light, Fortune, "More than Half of All Stock Buybacks are Now Financed by Debt. Here’s Why That’s a Problem," 20 Aug. 2019 The musician was surrounded by family and friends — including wife Sophie Turner and siblings Nick and Kevin Jonas — at a lavish James Bond-themed party held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Friday night. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Joe Jonas Has James Bond-Themed 30th Birthday Party with Sophie Turner, Nick Jonas & More," 17 Aug. 2019 Both owned a chain of pharmacies, both threw these lavish parties. Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "The Bootleg King and the Ambitious Prosecutor Who Took Him Down," 1 Aug. 2019 Its owners, businessman Albert R. and Elizabeth Baldwin Beardsley, hosted lavish parties there. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Summer day trips: Here's your guide to must see historic landmarks in Indiana," 25 July 2019 Katie apparently swept Suri and two of her best school friends off to the French capital for a lavish, VIP-style party. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Reportedly Flew Suri Cruise to Paris for Her 13th Birthday, and It Sounds Incredible," 26 Apr. 2019 The couple just threw the most lavish birthday party for their daughter Stormi's first birthday, complete with a huge, blow-up version of the baby's face. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Kylie Jenner's Home is Covered in Hundreds of Roses For Valentine’s Day," 14 Feb. 2019 Following Sally’s death in 1992, Mugabe married Grace in 1996 in a lavish ceremony at his birthplace, Zvimba. Washington Post, "Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe regains prominence for husband," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, marquee luxury brands are lavishing more attention on their own stores and websites, seeking more control over the customer experience. Sarah Halzackbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Barneys bankruptcy proves luxury retailers aren’t immune to industry turmoil," 6 Aug. 2019 The Bill Maher-Stephen Colbert-Chelsea Handler echelon of late-night public comment, and their even more banal and imbecilic day-time television analogues, ghoulishly lavished hundreds of millions of free airtime on the Trumps. Conrad Black, National Review, "Trump: A Brief History Thereof," 1 Aug. 2019 In welcoming Combs into the Opry, Gill lavished praise on the country phenom. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Luke Combs Wipes Away Tears as Childhood Idol Vince Gill Inducts Him into the Grand Ole Opry," 17 July 2019 Like Netflix and similar services from Amazon and Hulu, Apple has been lavishing billions of dollars for original programs featuring stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Washington Post, "Apple unveils a cheaper iPhone and pricing for streaming TV," 10 Sep. 2019 Like Netflix and similar services from Amazon and Hulu, Apple has been lavishing billions of dollars for original programs featuring stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Michael Liedtke, chicagotribune.com, "Apple unveils a cheaper iPhone, $5/month pricing for Apple TV Plus, Arcade services," 10 Sep. 2019 The Pentagon’s budget for 2020 has lavished almost $1bn on AI and over four times as much on unmanned and autonomous capabilities that rely on it. The Economist, "Artificial intelligence is changing every aspect of war," 7 Sep. 2019 In addition to the elaborate water gardens at the foot of the rock, Bell’s survey also lavished attention on the galleries on the rock face. National Geographic, "The 'Lion Fortress' of Sri Lanka was swallowed by the jungle," 3 Sep. 2019 And … scene: Middle schooler Maya turns jealous when her family lavishes attention on best friend Anna, and the two split, just as Anna learns her parents will divorce. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, "Are these impactful scenes the stuff Emmys are made of?," 5 Aug. 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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Last Updated

25 Oct 2019

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“Lavish.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lavished. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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