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 34-year-old prince and the president have been fast friends since Mr. Trump chose Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip and received a lavish welcome. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Oil Becomes a Risky Game for Saudis," 17 May 2020 This was supposed to be the N.F.L. at its most lavish and self-important, with a Las Vegas spectacle featuring the fountains of the Bellagio Hotel and draftees taking boats to meet Goodell on a red carpet. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "A Stripped-Down N.F.L. Draft Turns Out to Be Pretty Special," 24 Apr. 2020 Ramadan is usually a festive season, with the day-long fast followed by lavish meals and evening get-togethers. Niniek Karmini, BostonGlobe.com, "Muslims begin marking a subdued Ramadan under virus closures," 24 Apr. 2020 At Princeton, Wang had spent long days at the library working and then would rush home to cook lavish meals for Qu and their young son. Laura Dean, The New Yorker, "The Threat of War Brings New Fears to an American Hostage in Iran," 24 June 2019 In Philadelphia, health care workers and activists are demanding the reopening of Hahnemann Hospital, a facility that was shut down late last year by its multimillionaire owner, Joel Freedman, to make room for lavish condominiums. Musaub Khan, The New Republic, "The Problem With Heroizing Health Care Workers Like Me," 20 Apr. 2020 The visit, including a lavish, black-tie state dinner hosted by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, had been announced for April 21. NBC News, "Here are the latest updates from around the world.," 19 Mar. 2020 In 1923, A'Lelia spent an estimated $50,000 on Mae's lavish wedding to Dr. Jordan Jackson. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Madam CJ Walker and 3 more Indianapolis residents you'll meet in upcoming Netflix series," 23 Feb. 2020 Valentine’s Day, a holiday devoted to chocolates, confessions of love, flowers and lavish dinners, is here. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "14 of the best Valentine’s Day memes on the internet right now," 13 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 And, of course, Obama has been replaced by Donald Trump, who has withdrawn from the Iran deal, lavished uncritical attention on Riyadh, and offered unprecedented support for Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli right in his peace plan. Ethan Bronner, The New York Review of Books, "Stuck," 12 Mar. 2020 Still, Seibt has a long climb to reach the level of global attention lavished on Greta. Anchorage Daily News, "Conservative group allied with Trump administration is paying a German teen to question established climate science," 24 Feb. 2020 Indeed, lavishing children with praise can, in some cases, cultivate narcissism, research shows. Eddie Brummelman, Scientific American, "The Problem with Telling Children They’re Better Than Others," 7 Apr. 2020 Our mourners are respected—and lavished with optimistic therapy, as an aspect of a zeal for mental hygiene that clears away each night’s corpses before every workaday morning. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Mortality and the Old Masters," 6 Apr. 2020 The children, who lavished praise and adoration on the K-9, also hugged and petted the receptive Red for all of two hours. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "K-9 Red ignites ‘awww’ factor with San Jacinto Elementary students," 6 Feb. 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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23 May 2020

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“Lavish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lavish. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for lavish

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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