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lavish

[ lav-ish ]
/ ˈlæv ɪʃ /
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adjective

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.

verb (used with object)

to expend or give in great amounts or without limit: to lavish gifts on a person.

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Origin of lavish

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English lavas “profusion” (noun), “profuse” (adjective), from Middle French lavasse, lavache “downpour of rain,” derivative of laver “to wash,” from Latin lavāre
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for lavish

lavish
/ (ˈlævɪʃ) /

adjective

prolific, abundant, or profuse
generous; unstinting; liberal
extravagant; prodigal; wastefullavish expenditure

verb

(tr) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion
lavisher, nounlavishly, adverblavishment, nounlavishness, noun
C15: adj use of lavas profusion, from Old French lavasse torrent, from Latin lavāre to wash
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