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 At the center of the web is former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, who stands accused of doing favors for contractors and developers in return for hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts, favors and lavish trips. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "It started with Mohammed Nuru. Who knows where SF City Hall corruption investigation will end?," 28 June 2020 The financial center of the United Arab Emirates is beginning to reopen, months after its upscale malls and lavish hotels shut down. Washington Post, "How the world’s beaches are readying for a summer of social distancing," 27 June 2020 In land-scarce Singapore, where 80% of the population live in public housing, there are only about 2,500 of these lavish private properties, typically located in prime districts and ensconced behind dense foliage to maintain privacy. Faris Mokhtar, Bloomberg.com, "Singapore Bungalow for $45 Million. Rare Artifacts Are Extra," 23 June 2020 So would holding our breath for signs of his lavish kingdom. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 The rear seat, in particular, has lavish leg and headroom. cleveland, "2020 Volkswagen Passat upgrades help it leap ahead of the competition (review)," 20 June 2020 Most lavish wallpaper and draperies are from the great British Arts and Crafts designer William Morris. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Vintage Victorian in Chelsea was cut up, made into apartments. Now it's been restored.," 20 June 2020 Pyrotechnic technology is also constantly improving, spurring increasingly lavish and jaw-dropping spectacles with all sorts of whimsical shapes and deft color mutations. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Fireworks Usage Is Exploding. But July 4th Silence Awaits," 19 June 2020 To reduce the risk of transmitting the virus, most of the lavish meals served in international business-class are now pre-boxed and served grab-and-go style. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Attendants Are Finally Being Recognized For Keeping Us Safe," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One flashpoint in recent years has been Corporate America's willingness to lavish Wall Street with share buybacks even as worker wages rose more modestly. Matt Egan, CNN, "How Dick Parsons overcame racism to become one of America's first black CEOs," 8 June 2020 The bar boys lavish the same amount of care on their non-alcoholic, Solemn Choices, selection, featuring such rave-ups as The Fear Crow and Lair of the Leviathan. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Modern mocktails from Greater Cleveland’s top cocktail bars: Imbibing during the new new normal," 5 June 2020 Even private universities like Harvard are lavished with public funding; why can’t 100,000 or 1 million students a year attend Harvard? Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "More surveillance, not less, will be the new normal in a forever changed world," 20 Apr. 2020 Another took a trip to Las Vegas where, according to federal prosecutors, city officials were lavished with hotel rooms, an extravagant dinner and tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of drinks at a nightclub. Los Angeles Times, "‘They’re all tainted by it.’ Federal corruption cases deal new blow to trust in City Hall," 1 Apr. 2020 Oscar nominees are lavished with $225k of gifts Oscar nominations for acting and directing come with more than prestige. NBC News, "Knitwear's out on the Twitter account for 'Knives Out'," 5 Feb. 2020 In the final weeks of the campaign, national Democratic figures such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Senator Kamala Harris were lavishing their support for Smith through endorsements and social media pushes. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, "Republican Mike Garcia wins California special election and flips House seat," 15 May 2020 Confined to their homes, folk are manicuring their hedges and lavishing attention on their vegetable patches. The Economist, "Life under lockdown A nation of gardeners," 2 May 2020 The bottom line is that, barely two years after congressional Republicans and President Trump lavished America’s wealthiest families and companies with a series of lucrative tax cuts, those same beneficiaries are now receiving a second helping. Jesse Drucker, New York Times, "The Tax-Break Bonanza Inside the Economic Rescue Package," 24 Apr. 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Lavish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lavish. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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