Definition of profuse in English:


Syllabification: pro·fuse
Pronunciation: /prəˈfyo͞os, prō-


  • 1(Especially of something offered or discharged) exuberantly plentiful; abundant: I offered my profuse apologies
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    • Amid profuse offers of distilled beverages, baloney sandwiches, and hard-boiled eggs, I got in the car and drove off.
    • After one outburst, Flaubert offered profuse apologies and swore never again to behave as he had.
    • I have been offered a profuse apology by the individual concerned, and I have accepted it.
    copious, prolific, abundant, liberal, unstinting, fulsome, effusive, extravagant, lavish, gushing
    informal over the top, gushy
  • 1.1 archaic (Of a person) lavish; extravagant: they are profuse in hospitality
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    • My brother and his wife were profuse in their appreciation.
    • Besides, politicians were profuse enough, serving mostly to stagnate government and delay any true progress.
    • I was born into a family profuse in its ambition but lacking in its activism.



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  • As things stand we use it profusely and higher prices might tend to discourage us from using the oven to make a piece of toast.
  • The national broadcaster had to apologise profusely for the lapse.
  • I took the picture off the website and apologized profusely and am doing so again here.




late Middle English (in the sense 'extravagant'): from Latin profusus 'lavish, spread out', past participle of profundere, from pro- 'forth' + fundere 'pour'.

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