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lavish

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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to expend or give in great amounts or without limit: to lavish gifts on a person.
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Origin of lavish

1425–75; late Middle English lavas profusion (noun), profuse (adj.) < Middle French lavasse downpour of rain, derivative of laver to wash < Latin lavāre
Related formslav·ish·er, nounlav·ish·ly, adverblav·ish·ness, nouno·ver·lav·ish, adjectiveo·ver·lav·ish·ly, adverbo·ver·lav·ish·ness, nounun·lav·ish, adjectiveun·lav·ished, adjective

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1, 2. unstinted, extravagant, wasteful, improvident; generous, openhanded. 3. heap, pour; waste, squander, dissipate.

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1, 2. 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.

Antonyms

1, 2. niggardly.
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  • All the time Augusta was lavishing on me secret but delicious endearments.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • All this time, he had been lavishing his entire stock of pity upon Reed.

    The Brentons

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • She contented herself with lavishing her affection on Erles two boys.

    Wee Wifie

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • What is the use of lavishing one's brains on an ungrateful world?

    Endymion

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Only one table was occupied, and the waiters were lavishing all attention upon it.

    Spring Days

    George Moore


British Dictionary definitions for lavishing

lavish

adjective
  1. prolific, abundant, or profuse
  2. generous; unstinting; liberal
  3. extravagant; prodigal; wastefullavish expenditure
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verb
  1. (tr) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion
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Derived Formslavisher, nounlavishly, adverblavishment, nounlavishness, 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 lavishing

lavish

v.

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

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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.

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