lavish

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lav•ish /ˈlævɪʃ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. spent, given, produced, or occurring in great amounts:a lavish serving of food.
  2. generous:to be lavish with one's time or money.

v. [+ object + on + object]
  1. to expend or give in great amounts or without limit:to lavish gifts on one's children.
lav•ish•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lav•ish  (lavish),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion:lavish spending.
  2. using or giving in great amounts;
    prodigal (often fol. by of ):lavish of his time; lavish of affection.

v.t. 
  1. to expend or give in great amounts or without limit:to lavish gifts on a person.
lavish•er, n. 
lavish•ly, adv. 
lavish•ness, n. 
  • Latin lavāre
  • Middle French lavasse downpour of rain, derivative of laver to wash
  • late Middle English lavas profusion (noun, nominal), profuse (adjective, adjectival) 1425–75
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unstinted, extravagant, wasteful, improvident;
      generous, openhanded.
      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.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged heap, pour;
      waste, squander, dissipate.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged niggardly.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lavish /ˈlævɪʃ/ adj
  1. prolific, abundant, or profuse
  2. generous; unstinting; liberal
  3. extravagant; prodigal; wasteful: lavish expenditure
vb
  1. (transitive) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion
Etymology: 15th Century: adj use of lavas profusion, from Old French lavasse torrent, from Latin lavāre to wash

ˈlavisher n ˈlavishly adv ˈlavishness n
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