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

That followed accusations of lavish spending against LaPierre. Neil Weinberg, Fortune, "National Rifle Association's Top Lobbyist Resigns," 26 June 2019 Each fireplace is different; ceiling and wall decorations are lavish and have been restored by the owners and experts. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Kresge mansion, one of Detroit's largest, is about to hit the market," 8 June 2019 The New York attorney general is investigating the NRA’s tax-exempt status amid recent revelations of lavish spending by chief executive Wayne LaPierre and top vendors. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A look inside the finances of the NRA," 14 June 2019 Lori had been charged by the Vatican with investigating Bransfield over allegations that included lavish spending of church funds. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Catholic church reform advocates criticize Lori for deleting mention of bishop's gifts in report to Vatican," 7 June 2019 This frame of mind provides lawmakers with an excuse to continue their addiction to lavish spending. WSJ, "The Pentagon Must Spend Its Money Better, Not Just More of It," 20 Mar. 2019 The protests come a day after a lavish state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Baby Trump and the Trump robot headline London protests against U.S. president’s visit," 5 June 2019 The president capped off the first day of his London visit Monday by dining with Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family at a lavish state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Fox News, "Trump and first lady host dinner for Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in UK," 5 June 2019 The protests come a day after a lavish state banquet hosted by the queen at Buckingham Palace. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Protesters take to London streets to oppose Trump," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Attendees also lavished another $850,000 or so on auction items. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Where did that $100,000 just come from?," 10 June 2019 In public, Joe lavishes praise on Joan as compensation for erasing her. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Please, My Wife, She’s Very Online," 5 June 2019 Money that could be spent on scouting is lavished on officials instead. The Economist, "What makes a country good at football?," 9 June 2018 But much of this has been promised before, and the sums are small compared with those lavished on poor countries inside the club. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "The Three Challenges the EU Faces in the Western Balkans," 14 May 2018 The money Italians lavished on dogs and cats grew 10 percent during 2013-2016 to nearly 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion), the association said in a 2017 report. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, "Milan line offers canine couture for pampered pooches," 16 Jan. 2018 During the two-month trial, federal prosecutors accused Mr. Reichberg, a Brooklyn businessman, of lavishing high-ranking officers with gifts and trips to Israel and Las Vegas in exchange... Katie Honan, WSJ, "Former de Blasio Fundraiser Gets Four Years in Prison for NYPD Bribery Scheme," 13 May 2019 And Ludwin lavished praise on crypto projects J.P. Morgan Chase has pursued since. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Blockchain Might Be a Big Deal, Some Day," 18 Apr. 2018 Policies that for years favored state companies—and lavished them with access to credit—have battered the confidence of private businesses, a source of growth, jobs and innovation, depriving them of resources. WSJ, "China’s Downturn Hits Industrial Cities," 21 Jan. 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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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 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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