Definition of lavish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlaviSH/


1Sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious: a lavish banquet
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  • The directors' lavish lifestyles and sumptuous houses on the outskirts of Sydney raised the heckles of the Australian public.
  • Only in sports do we generally find plush, sumptuous, lavish condominium accommodations.
  • Ngaanyatjarra is an especially rich and lavish language, both in its grades of meaning and its structure and its sound.
sumptuous, luxurious, costly, expensive, opulent, grand, splendid, rich, fancy, posh
informal fancy-schmancy
1.1(Of a person) very generous or extravagant: he was lavish with his hospitality
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  • He was lavish with her, but not like the movie would have you believe.
  • Sometimes they cannot afford much, and in times of crisis, even when they are lavish it does not feel like enough.
  • There was one exception to his lavish generosity.
generous, liberal, bountiful, openhanded, unstinting, unsparing, free, munificent, extravagant, prodigal
1.2Spent or given in profusion: lavish praise
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  • The lavish praise is only possible because the book note is riddled with factual errors and misleading innuendo from start to finish.
  • He paid lavish praise to the girls for their wonderful liturgy.
  • Witness their lavish praise for the ‘nice and friendly’ treatment they got on a return visit for a check-up.
abundant, copious, plentiful, liberal, prolific, generous
literary plenteous


[with object] (lavish something on)
1Bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities upon: 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 to, spend generously on, bestow on, heap on, shower with
1.1 (lavish something with) Cover something thickly or liberally with: she lavished our son with kisses
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  • To reinforce this notion, we have potted a couple of silver maple seeds, lavished those tiny trees with water and light.
  • But football, critics say, is coddled by school administrators and boards who lavish the sport with the best equipment, conditioning and coaching - to the detriment of girls' programs.
  • The Company recommends that employees refrain from lavishing superiors with gifts valued at less than $100.



Pronunciation: /ˈlaviSHnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: lav·ish

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