- expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion: lavish spending.
- using or giving in great amounts; prodigal (often followed by of): lavish of his time; lavish of affection.
- to expend or give in great amounts or without limit: to lavish gifts on a person.
Origin of lavish
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Examples from the Web for lavishes
These are angels' delights which He lavishes upon the prodigal.The Romance of the Soul
He lavishes on me a wealth of love that humbles me with a consciousness of my own demerits.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
Kneeling beside him Tosca lavishes tears and kisses upon him.The Complete Opera Book
He borrows money right and left and lavishes it upon beggars.The Life of Sir Richard Burton
A man who lavishes his money in youth, becomes the slave of a guinea in old age.Contraband
G. J. Whyte-Melville
- prolific, abundant, or profuse
- generous; unstinting; liberal
- extravagant; prodigal; wastefullavish expenditure
- (tr) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion
Word Origin and History for lavishes
1540s, from lavish (adj.). Related: Lavished; lavishing.
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.