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

Synonyms & Antonyms for lavish

Synonyms: Adjective

copious, galore, gushing, profuse, riotous

Synonyms: Verb

blow, dissipate, fiddle away, fritter (away), lose, misspend, run through, spend, squander, throw away, trifle (away), waste

Antonyms: Adjective

dribbling, trickling

Antonyms: Verb

conserve

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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

Pruitt left office Thursday after questions of lavish spending, mismanagement, and ethical lapses. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "The Future of Former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's Anti-Science Legacy," 6 July 2018 The scandals surrounding Pruitt are plentiful—including lavish spending on office furniture, a soundproof booth, first-class flights, and now pushing his assistants to pay for his hotel reservations with their personal credit cards. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "'Pruitt Is the Swamp. Drain It.' Fox News's Laura Ingraham Really Wants Trump's EPA Head to Go," 4 July 2018 Beard’s repayment came after the news organizations produced stories about Reed’s lavish spending with his card, and the former mayor’s repayment to the city of $12,000 just before those credit card statements were released to the AJC. Dan Klepal, ajc, "Former Atlanta CFO repays $10k Paris hotel bill after AJC stories," 27 June 2018 Although cancer kept him from writing about the 2014 World Cup, Galeano watched as Brazilians took to the streets to protest the lavish spending on new stadiums rather than on education and infrastructure. Lenora Todaro, The Atlantic, "A World Cup Without Eduardo Galeano, Soccer’s Poet Laureate," 15 June 2018 Can Graham improve her campaign finances and performance on the campaign trail sufficiently to compete with Levine’s lavish spending? Adam C. Smith And Langston Taylor, miamiherald, "Campaign for Florida governor barely starts but candidates’ spending is in full swing | Miami Herald," 2 Apr. 2018 The pair were celebrating the actress’ birthday with a lavish party thrown by their mother, fellow screen legend Debbie Fisher, who had suffered a stroke a year before. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Carrie Fisher's brother Todd details their tense last conversation," 10 July 2018 The flashbacks start at a lavish party celebrating The Man in Black — William, as he’s called in the regular world. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Westworld Spoilers Club season 2, episode 9: Vanishing Point," 18 June 2018 At separate ends of town, two buxom madams and their bevies of painted, frilled and scandalously clad ladies welcomed miners and threw lavish parties. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Historic California Ghost Town Is Up For Sale," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On the trip south, we were lavished with a parade through the heart of East Lansing. Delvon Roe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Delvon Roe on 2009 Final Four: 'We had Izzo'," 16 Mar. 2018 Demand Justice has lavished praise on Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who has pledged to oppose advancing all Trump judicial nominees as a form of protest vote. Seung Min Kim, chicagotribune.com, "Democrats hope Kennedy's retirement will make courts a galvanizing issue for voters," 7 July 2018 That was made abundantly clear Monday night, when the Arizona Cardinals posted a story on their website lavishing praise on new Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from team president Michael Bidwill. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Stick to sports? Cardinals' support of Supreme Court nominee shows NFL's hypocrisy," 10 July 2018 Going on to speak on the match itself, the Tunisia boss lavished praise upon Harry Kane, rating him as one of the Premier League's most outstanding attackers. SI.com, "Tunisia Manager Nabil Maaloul Praises Russian World Cup Following Defeat at the Hands of England," 19 June 2018 Whatever there is left of it, of course, for a U.S. president who lavishes high praise on Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and a laundry list of cruel strongmen around the world. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Trump is deporting Venezuelans to dictator Nicolás Maduro’s hell. This is why.," 14 June 2018 Her specialty was crystalline black-and-white images that lavish equal attention on steel skyscrapers and crumbling brick tenements. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, "Berenice Abbott: She Was a Camera," 1 June 2018 And this isn’t to suggest the Bulls should’ve lavished a five-year, $146 million max deal on LaVine. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls must match Zach LaVine's 4-year, $78M offer sheet from Kings to keep rebuild's momentum," 6 July 2018 Most of his attention seemed to be lavished on her blue silk dress, which reflects his study with an English painter who had settled here. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Benjamin West at PAFA: 'Death is a lightning-spewing zombie on a white horse, spreading terror'," 16 May 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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Phrases Related to lavish

lavish on/upon

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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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