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lavish

[lav-ish] /ˈlæv ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion:
lavish spending.
2.
using or giving in great amounts; prodigal (often followed by of):
lavish of his time; lavish of affection.
verb (used with object)
3.
to expend or give in great amounts or without limit:
to lavish gifts on a person.
Origin of lavish
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English lavas profusion (noun), profuse (adj.) < Middle French lavasse downpour of rain, derivative of laver to wash < Latin lavāre
Related forms
lavisher, noun
lavishly, adverb
lavishness, noun
overlavish, adjective
overlavishly, adverb
overlavishness, noun
unlavish, adjective
unlavished, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. unstinted, extravagant, wasteful, improvident; generous, openhanded. Lavish, prodigal, profuse refer to that which exists in abundance and is poured out copiously. Lavish suggests (sometimes excessive) generosity and openhandedness: lavish hospitality; much too lavish. Prodigal suggests wastefulness, improvidence, and reckless impatience of restraint: a prodigal extravagance. Profuse emphasizes abundance, but may suggest overemotionalism, exaggeration, or the like: profuse thanks, compliments, apologies. 3. heap, pour; waste, squander, dissipate.
Antonyms
1, 2. niggardly.
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  • Mr. Ocumpaugh must know on whom his affections have been lavished.

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  • I was a girl then, and I did not appreciate all the love that was lavished upon me.

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  • Dolci lavished more attention on the extraordinary woman than I did.

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  • During a quarter of an hour he lavished on him his myrrh and honey.

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  • When he was near, she lavished demonstrations upon him; when he was away, she sat with folded hands and dreamed day-dreams.

British Dictionary definitions for lavished

lavish

/ˈlævɪʃ/
adjective
1.
prolific, abundant, or profuse
2.
generous; unstinting; liberal
3.
extravagant; prodigal; wasteful: lavish expenditure
verb
4.
(transitive) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion
Derived Forms
lavisher, noun
lavishly, adverb
lavishment, noun
lavishness, noun
Word Origin
C15: adj use of lavas profusion, from Old French lavasse torrent, from Latin lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for lavished

lavish

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French lavasse (n.) "torrent of rain, deluge," from Old French lavache, from laver "to wash," from Latin lavare "to wash" (see lave). Related: Lavishly.

v.

1540s, from lavish (adj.). Related: Lavished; lavishing.

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