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luxuriate

[luhg-zhoo r-ee-eyt, luhk-shoo r-]
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.
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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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Related Words

enjoy, wallow, wanton, love, rollick, riot, roll, bloom, feast, bask, delight, revel, overdo, abound, burgeon, grow, increase, flourish, relish, thrive

Examples from the Web for luxuriating

Historical Examples

  • Conn stayed at home for the next few days, luxuriating in idleness.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • I hope she will take her down to the sand-heap, where the children have been luxuriating all the morning.'

    Heartsease

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Before Waterman, luxuriating in his applause, could resume, Fred was on his feet.

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson

  • But the account books were shut, and her guardian was luxuriating in an arm-chair and a cigar.

    Alone

    Marion Harland

  • "I'd just been luxuriating in the thought of a lot of new dresses," she said mournfully.

    Peggy Raymond's Way

    Harriet Lummis Smith


British Dictionary definitions for luxuriating

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
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Derived Formsluxuriation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin luxuriāre
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Word Origin and History for luxuriating

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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