[luhg-zhoo r-ee-eyt, luhk-shoo r-]

verb (used without object), lux·u·ri·at·ed, lux·u·ri·at·ing.

to enjoy oneself without stint; revel: to luxuriate in newly acquired wealth.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for luxuriating

Historical Examples of luxuriating

  • 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.'


    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.


    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


verb (intr)

(foll by in) to take voluptuous pleasure; revel
to flourish extensively or profusely
to live in a sumptuous way
Derived Formsluxuriation, noun

Word Origin for luxuriate

C17: from Latin luxuriāre
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Word Origin and History for luxuriating



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper