- 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 lavishing
Bravo Delta himself seems even more uncomfortable with the attention than his fans are with lavishing it.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars
March 24, 2014
The Obama administration is lavishing $3.2 trillion in constant dollars even before its costly health-care reform takes effect.The Unanswered Question: What About Clinton-Era Spending Rates?
November 24, 2012
The stock opened at $83, lavishing an instant 84 percent windfall on their money.The Media's Crazy LinkedIn Comparisons
May 20, 2011
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
Only one table was occupied, and the waiters were lavishing all attention upon it.Spring Days
- 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 lavishing
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.