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

The lady’s enigmatic glance and lavish, yet monochrome, attire provide ample excuse for conjecture as to... Tom L. Freudenheim, WSJ, "A Sumptuous Painting Surrounded by Stories," 15 Mar. 2019 The spending ranged from the banal to lavish, from movie tickets to $6,288.74 for Hunter to take his family on a vacation to a resort in Lahaina, Hawaii. Michael R. Blood And Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "Uncertainty looms over House race after Hunter indictment," 21 Aug. 2018 While Trump performed perfectly well among the rich, most of his supporters are not rich (because most Americans are not rich) and would have trouble recognizing themselves in his portrait of lavish apartments and boats. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Calls His Supporters ‘Elite,’ Doesn’t Understand How Populism Works," 28 June 2018 Upstairs, the rooms are lavish: epic painted ceilings that almost drip crystal chandeliers. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018 To cap an already lavish evening, the VIPs will be escorted to their chambers for the night: A luxe mini replica of the iconic pyramid inside of the full-sized monument. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Here's Your Chance to Have a Private Sleepover at the Louvre," 2 Apr. 2019 Finally, the guests will be treated to an intimate acoustic concert in Napoleon III’s lavish chambers. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Airbnb is Giving Away One Night's Stay Under the Louvre’s Glass Pyramid," 2 Apr. 2019 The airliner did help Emirates bolster its reputation as a luxury carrier, with lavish suites often serving a wealthy clientele in and out of its main hub in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Airbus to Stop Production of the Colossal A380 as Airlines Transition to Smaller Planes," 14 Feb. 2019 In the world of motorhomes, Class A models that measure 40 to 45 feet are among the most lavish. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Touring America in an RV That’s Basically a Five-Star Hotel," 11 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 And at ceremonial events, Pence would lavish Buttigieg with praise. Brian Slodysko, The Seattle Times, "Buttigieg, once cordial to Pence, now critical amid campaign," 13 Apr. 2019 The Kurds have institutionalized it, lavishing resources on both the dead and their survivors. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "Kurdish Syria, Where the Fallen Find Fame," 19 Feb. 2018 At the Shri Krishna Gaushala, the 8,100 bovine residents receive abundant feed and free veterinary care, thanks to the generosity of the Hindu faithful and Modi’s government, which has lavished at least 5.8 billion rupees on the refuges. Anindya Upadhyay, Bloomberg.com, "India’s Sacred Cow Now Threatens an $83 Billion Dairy Industry," 23 Jan. 2018 Orban, a close Netanyahu ally, has lavished praise on Miklos Horthy, Hungary’s World War II-era ruler, who introduced anti-Semitic laws and collaborated with the Nazis. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped," 19 Feb. 2019 The doctor, in turn, lavished the senator with vacations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Down-Ballot Democrats Prop Up Menendez," 9 Oct. 2018 Apple hasn’t functionally updated the MacBook Air since 2015, leaving fans of the ultra-lightweight laptop to linger in outdated agony as Apple has lavished its attention on the newer 12-inch MacBook and updated MacBook Pro laptops. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "What to expect at Apple’s October hardware event," 28 Oct. 2018 Government officials and business leaders had turned from lavishing praise on the prince to criticizing him. Justin Scheck, WSJ, "Scandal Over Dead Journalist Jolts Heir to Saudi Throne," 20 Oct. 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 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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