Definition of lavish in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈlavɪʃ



[with object] (lavish something on) Back to top  
  • 1Bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities on: the media couldn’t lavish enough praise on the film
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    • Over the next three meals, she had steadily turned up the heat, and all he ever did was lavish compliments on the quality and quantity of the food.
    • They have spent years lavishing their love on scores of disadvantaged and special needs children.
    • But nobody can fault him for not lavishing enough hyperbole on his creation.
    give freely, spend, expend, heap, shower, pour, deluge, give generously, give unstintingly, bestow freely
    informal blow
  • 1.1 (lavish someone with) Give someone generous amounts of: he was lavished with gifts
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    • Nicky works in the evening as an insurance claims handler - she admits that she lavishes Lewis with too much attention during the day.
    • If the universe hasn't lavished you with extravagance lately, use this week's Mercurian energy to add some major extensions to your wish list.
    • He has been suggested for the Nobel Peace Prize, is supported by more than 80 percent of the French public, and even his enemies are lavishing him with praise.



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  • It's now a lavishly refurbished and rather expensive gastropub.
  • If it is such a great deal, why is it being flogged so excessively lavishly and expensively?
  • We have seen how people have changed life-styles and started living lavishly after getting their benefits.


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  • Oscars goody-bags are renowned for their lavishness - with up to £60,000 of gifts for nominees and presenters earlier this year.
  • Next day, the show opens, with many speeches and compliments, and a dinner of faintly embarrassing lavishness.
  • The effort put in by everyone involved, the scope and the lavishness of the production are evident and can be mistaken for greatness.


late Middle English (as a noun denoting profusion): from Old French lavasse 'deluge of rain', from laver 'to wash', from Latin lavare.

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