profuse

adjective pro·fuse \ prə-ˈfyüs , prō- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of profuse

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

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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

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

adjective

Definition of profuse for English Language Learners

  • : given, produced, or existing in large amounts


PROFUSE Defined for Kids

profuse

adjective pro·fuse \ prə-ˈfyüs \

Definition of profuse for Students

: very plentiful

profusely

adverb
  • She apologized profusely.


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