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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

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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

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He offered profuse apologies for being late. They were profuse in their thanks.
Recent Examples on the Web Material transformation is fundamental to ceramics, but what Yasunaga does with clay, glaze, ash and glass is radically inventive as well as profuse in metaphorical resonance. Leah Ollman,, "Gravel, glass and glaze: The radical ceramics of Masaomi Yasunaga," 5 July 2019 Common symptoms include unexplained rapid weight loss, profuse coughing, night sweats and fever. USA TODAY, "Condom conflict, ghost net, smart trash bins: News from around our 50 states," 18 Jan. 2020 Inconveniently, though, profuse eruptions of lava began to flood the basin beginning roughly 3.6 billion years ago, forming a wide volcanic sea—also known as Mare Crisium, or the Sea of Crises—that covered up much of the original impact melt. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Big volcanic bump unlike anything seen before found on the moon," 13 Dec. 2019 Another profuse item in medical facilities is the sterilization pouch—a small, sealable pouch used to keep sterilized equipment free of germs. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Can medical care exist without plastic?," 4 Oct. 2019 In addition to profuse bleeding, the wounded man suffered a severely broken leg. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Man honored for saving motorcyclist’s life after Brook Park crash," 19 Oct. 2019 Three letters follow, but first come profuse apologies to the folks who wrote in response to an August column about swimming in Orlando’s lakes. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Trip through Lawsona spurs memories and historic news," 29 Sep. 2019 But complaints about the refs, especially from the fan of a football team that stinks, will be tolerated in this chat … with profuse laughter. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Lunch Special: Is it too early to call Noah Fant a first-round bust for the Broncos?," 23 Sep. 2019 Some people are profuse sweaters while others turn red and hardly sweat at all. Scott Lear, Quartzy, "The best ways to exercise in summer heat," 12 July 2019

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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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“Profuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of profuse

: given, produced, or existing in large amounts


pro·​fuse | \ prə-ˈfyüs How to pronounce profuse (audio) \

Kids Definition of profuse

: very plentiful

Other Words from profuse

profusely adverb She apologized profusely.

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