pro·​fuse | \prə-ˈfyüs, prō-\

Definition of profuse 

1 : pouring forth liberally : extravagant profuse in their thanks

2 : exhibiting great abundance : bountiful a profuse harvest

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Other Words from profuse

profusely adverb
profuseness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for profuse


copious, galore, gushing, lavish, riotous


dribbling, trickling

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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 profuse in a Sentence

He offered profuse apologies for being late. They were profuse in their thanks.

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With summer's humidity and profuse sweat in the rearview mirror, this month kicks off the perfect time to cozy up at home and add 10 new steps to your skin care routine. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "So Many Great Skin Care Brands Are on Sale Right Now," 5 Oct. 2018 The signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, fever, seizures and unconsciousness. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Tips to keep your pooch safe and healthy this summer," 22 June 2018 That event, organized by the communications firm LifeSci Advisors, featured scantily clad cocktail waitresses and led the company to issue a profuse apology. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "A Party During a Major Biotech Conference Featured Topless Dancers — And Is Drawing Heavy Criticism," 14 June 2018 But Ebola doesn’t always cause bleeding and it’s hardly ever profuse bleeding on the outside. NBC News, "What is Ebola? The new outbreak in Congo explained," 18 May 2018 The two enjoy enormous star power, and social media reaction — both positive and negative — was swift and profuse from the home crowd when plans for the properties were announced. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Paula Deen vs. Buddy V: S.A.’s Celebrity Restaurant Smackdown," 7 May 2018 Shedding light on the profuse dangers that threaten women migrants was a major motivator behind Huellas Que Germinan. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Artist Walked from Tijuana to L.A. to Make a Powerful Statement," 27 Apr. 2018 Barbary sheep are now so profuse in the southeast mountains that they aren’t even surveyed. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Believe It or Not, You Can Safari in New Mexico," 16 Apr. 2018 The White House decor might be a bit subdued for him though, since the penthouse was modeled after the Palace of Versailles, with rococo decor and a profuse amount of gold. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "All of Donald Trump's Houses, in Photos," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of profuse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for profuse

Middle English, from Latin profusus, past participle of profundere to pour forth, from pro- forth + fundere to pour — more at found

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The first known use of profuse was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of profuse

: given, produced, or existing in large amounts


pro·​fuse | \prə-ˈfyüs \

Kids Definition of profuse

: very plentiful

Other Words from profuse

profusely adverb She apologized profusely.

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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