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  1. spending or giving freely and in large amount, often to excess; extravagant (often followed by in): profuse praise.
  2. made or done freely and abundantly: profuse apologies.
  3. abundant; in great amount.
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Origin of profuse

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin profūsus, past participle of profundere to pour out or forth. See pro-1, fuse2
Related formspro·fuse·ly, adverbpro·fuse·ness, nounun·pro·fuse, adjectiveun·pro·fuse·ly, adverbun·pro·fuse·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See lavish. 3. See ample.

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Related Words for profuse

abounding, ample, bountiful, copious, extravagant, extreme, exuberant, fulsome, galore, generous, immoderate, lavish, liberal, lush, luxuriant, openhanded, opulent, overflowing, plentiful, plenty

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British Dictionary definitions for profuse


  1. plentiful, copious, or abundantprofuse compliments
  2. (often foll by in) free or generous in the giving (of)profuse in thanks
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Derived Formsprofusely, adverbprofuseness or profusion, noun

Word Origin for profuse

C15: from Latin profundere to pour lavishly
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Word Origin and History for profuse


early 15c., "lavish, extravagant," from Latin profusus "spread out, lavish, extravagant," literally "poured forth," noun use of past participle of profundere "pour forth," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Meaning "bountiful" is from c.1600. Related: Profusely; profuseness.

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