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lavish

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adjective lav·ish \ˈla-vish\

Definition of lavish

  1. 1 :  expending or bestowing profusely :  prodigal <lavish donors> <lavish in giving praise to her employees>

  2. 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>

lavishly

adverb

lavishness

noun

Examples of lavish in a sentence

  1. a lavish display of flowers

  2. <this lavish consumption of our natural resources simply cannot continue>

Origin and Etymology of lavish

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


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of lavish

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>.

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lavish

verb lav·ish

Definition of lavish

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to expend or bestow with profusion :  squander

Examples of lavish in a sentence

  1. <doting parents lavishing lots of attention on their children>

  2. <a great actor who lavished his talent in lousy movies>

Origin and Etymology of lavish

see 1lavish


First Known Use: 1542



LAVISH Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective lav·ish \ˈla-vish\

Definition of lavish for English Language Learners

  • : giving or using a large amount of something

  • : given in large amounts

  • : having a very rich and expensive quality


LAVISH Defined for Kids

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lavish

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adjective lav·ish \ˈla-vish\

Definition of lavish for Students

  1. 1 :  giving or involving a large amount :  extravagant <The lobby contained a lavish display of flowers.>

  2. 2 :  spent, produced, or given in large amounts <She received lavish praise.>

lavishly

adverb

History for lavish

Lavish comes from an older English noun lavish that meant “plenty.” This noun probably came from a medieval French word lavasse, “a heavy rain.” This French word is derived from a verb laver, “to wash,” which goes back to Latin lavare. Other English words that ultimately trace back to lavare are lavatory and laundry.


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verb lav·ish

Definition of lavish for Students

lavished

lavishing

  1. :  to spend, use, or give in large amounts <They lavished attention on the children.>



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