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luxuriate

[luhg-zhoo r-ee-eyt, luhk-shoo r-]
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verb (used without object), lux·u·ri·at·ed, lux·u·ri·at·ing.
  1. to enjoy oneself without stint; revel: to luxuriate in newly acquired wealth.
  2. to grow fully or abundantly; thrive: The plants luxuriated in the new soil.

Origin of luxuriate

1615–25; < Latin luxuriātus, past participle of luxuriāre. See luxuriant, -ate1
Related formslux·u·ri·a·tion, nounun·lux·u·ri·at·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for luxuriate

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Historical Examples

  • I luxuriate in it, I joy in it, I feel it in every fibre of my being.

  • The baron chuckled in his throat and seemed to luxuriate in the pleasant thought.

  • There he could not only indulge his natural taste, but luxuriate in them.

  • He loved so to luxuriate, like a cat, in the presence of a violent woman.

    Aaron's Rod

    D. H. Lawrence

  • Oh, you choose a garment for me to luxuriate in, Ronny returned.


British Dictionary definitions for luxuriate

luxuriate

verb (intr)
  1. (foll by in) to take voluptuous pleasure; revel
  2. to flourish extensively or profusely
  3. to live in a sumptuous way
Derived Formsluxuriation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin luxuriāre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for luxuriate

v.

1620s, "to indulge in luxury," from Latin luxuriatus, past participle of luxuriare "have to excess," figuratively "run riot, be dissolute, indulge to excess," from luxuria "excess, rankness, luxuriance" (see luxury). Related: Luxuriated; luxuriating.

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