lav´ish|er

lav´ish|er
lav|ish «LAV ihsh», adjective, verb.
–adj.
1. very free or too free in giving or spending; prodigal: »

A very rich person can be lavish with his money. Thank the lavish hand that gives world beauty to our eyes (Julia Ward Howe).

SYNONYM(S): extravagant.
2. very abundant or too abundant; more than is needed; given or spent freely or too freely: »

Mother gave me a lavish helping of ice cream. The lavish, full-skirted velvet gown of the Renaissance period was rich and made with a fabric such as silk or fine cotton (Bernice G. Chambers). The lavish gold of her loose hair (James Russell Lowell).

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under profuse. (Cf.profuse)
–v.t.
to give or spend very freely or too freely; pour out wastefully: »

It is a mistake to lavish kindness on ungrateful people. Upon the interior decorations [of the castle] Albert and Victoria lavished all their care (Lytton Strachey).

[< Middle French lavasse < Old Provençal lavaci < Latin lavātiō; setym. under lavation (Cf.lavation)]
lav´ish|er, noun.
lav´ish|ly, adverb.
lav´ish|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • lav´ish|ly — lav|ish «LAV ihsh», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. very free or too free in giving or spending; prodigal: »A very rich person can be lavish with his money. Thank the lavish hand that gives world beauty to our eyes (Julia Ward Howe). SYNONYM(S):… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lav|ish — «LAV ihsh», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. very free or too free in giving or spending; prodigal: »A very rich person can be lavish with his money. Thank the lavish hand that gives world beauty to our eyes (Julia Ward Howe). SYNONYM(S): extravagant. 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • lav´ish|ness — lav|ish «LAV ihsh», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. very free or too free in giving or spending; prodigal: »A very rich person can be lavish with his money. Thank the lavish hand that gives world beauty to our eyes (Julia Ward Howe). SYNONYM(S):… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • lav — lav; lav·a·ret; lav·a·to·ri·al; lav·er·a·nia; lav·er·ock; lav·ish·ly; lav·ish·ment; lav·ish·ness; lav·rov·ite; ol·lav; pa·lav·er·er; pa·lav·er·ous; prim·u·lav·er·in; LAV; lav·a·to·ry; lav·en·der; lav·ish; pa·lav·er; lav·rock; lav·roff·ite;… …   English syllables

  • lavish — lav·ish …   English syllables

  • lavishly — lav·ish·ly …   English syllables

  • lavish — lav•ish [[t]ˈlæv ɪʃ[/t]] adj. 1) expended, bestowed, or occurring in abundance: a lavish serving of food[/ex] 2) using or giving in great amounts; prodigal: to be lavish with one s time or money; to be lavish of affection[/ex] 3) to expend or… …   From formal English to slang

  • lavish — lav|ish1 [ lævıʃ ] adjective * something that is lavish exists, is spent, or is given in a very large amount, especially if it costs a lot of money: a lavish dinner/lifestyle/garden lavish presents be lavish with something to give something… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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