profuse

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adjective pro·fuse \prə-ˈfyüs, prō-\

Definition of profuse

  1. 1 :  pouring forth liberally :  extravagant profuse in their thanks

  2. 2 :  exhibiting great abundance :  bountiful a profuse harvest

profusely

adverb

profuseness

noun

Examples of profuse in a Sentence

  1. He offered profuse apologies for being late.

  2. They were profuse in their thanks.

Origin and Etymology of profuse

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


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of profuse

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

PROFUSE Defined for English Language Learners

profuse

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Definition of profuse for English Language Learners

  • : given, produced, or existing in large amounts


PROFUSE Defined for Kids

profuse

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adjective pro·fuse \prə-ˈfyüs\

Definition of profuse for Students

  1. :  very plentiful

profusely

adverb She apologized profusely.


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