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luxuriate

[luhg-zhoo r-ee-eyt, luhk-shoo r-] /lʌgˈʒʊər iˌeɪt, lʌkˈʃʊər-/
verb (used without object), luxuriated, luxuriating.
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
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin luxuriātus, past participle of luxuriāre. See luxuriant, -ate1
Related forms
luxuriation, noun
unluxuriating, adjective
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  • I luxuriate in it, I joy in it, I feel it in every fibre of my being.

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  • 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.

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

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

  • How would you like to luxuriate upon these grass-fed fatlings of the prairie?

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  • It was part of his pose to luxuriate a little in the details of his tragic circumstances.

  • We are as prone to make a torment of our fears, as to luxuriate in our hopes of good.

British Dictionary definitions for luxuriate

luxuriate

/lʌɡˈzjʊərɪˌeɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(foll by in) to take voluptuous pleasure; revel
2.
to flourish extensively or profusely
3.
to live in a sumptuous way
Derived Forms
luxuriation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin luxuriāre
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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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