lux·​u·​ri·​ate | \ (ˌ)ləg-ˈzhu̇r-ē-ˌāt How to pronounce luxuriate (audio) , (ˌ)lək-ˈshu̇r- \
luxuriated; luxuriating

Definition of luxuriate

intransitive verb

1a : to grow profusely : thrive
b : to develop extensively
2 : to indulge oneself luxuriously : revel

Examples of luxuriate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, audiences can luxuriate in Ira Sachs’s new film Frankie, a measured and fitfully compelling family saga set on the coast of Portugal. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Frankie Is a Little Too Sleepy for Its Own Good," 25 Oct. 2019 The tempo is exceedingly slow; Norman luxuriates in the music for a full ten minutes, while singers on the order of Lisa della Casa, Lucia Popp, and Gundula Janowitz need only six or seven. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Shimmering Magnificence of Jessye Norman," 3 Oct. 2019 After a few excursions—the islands of La Digue and Praslin (the latter for its Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve)—I decide to pace myself and just luxuriate in the beachy splendor of the private villas of the Banyan Tree Seychelles. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "8 Countries, 21 Days, 1 Private Planet: The Ultimate Travel Bucket List Trip," 31 Oct. 2019 Rea groups the photos into categories, including the stars luxuriating in their personal libraries; reading to their kids; studying source material for film interpretations; and passing time on set. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "The stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age were avid readers. There are pictures to prove it.," 12 Sep. 2019 Many of its best songs feel like luxuriating in a long summer afternoon in the country, when good friends have come by and the fireflies are just beginning to gather in the yard: the music is warm, buoying, and gently psychedelic. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "David Crosby Celebrates His Ornery Self in the Documentary “Remember My Name”," 16 July 2019 Glamping—communing with nature while luxuriating in a tent loaded with creature comforts—was once the pastime of kings and sultans. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Pop-Up Tents No S’more: Glamping Is the New Backyard Camping," 11 July 2019 Those readers don’t luxuriate in individual books or pay much attention to the tastes of New York literary gatekeepers. Blake Montgomery, The Atlantic, "The Amazon Publishing Juggernaut," 8 Aug. 2019 Sure, some vacations are designed for socializing in constantly clamoring cities, but others are all about luxuriating in a secluded, peaceful landscape. Alisha Prakash, USA TODAY, "9 remote resorts in Thailand: Luxurious seclusion for when you want to get lost," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of luxuriate

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for luxuriate

Latin luxuriatus, past participle of luxuriare, from luxuria

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The first known use of luxuriate was in 1604

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1 Dec 2019

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“Luxuriate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of luxuriate

: to enjoy something that is appealingly rich or relaxing

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a period of high artistic development

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