- 1Sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious: a lavish banquetMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a person) very generous or extravagant: he was lavish with his hospitalityMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2Spent or given in profusion: lavish praiseMore example sentences
- 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.
verb[with object] (lavish something on) Back to top
- 1Bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities upon: the media couldn’t lavish enough praise on the filmMore example sentences
give freely to, spend generously on, bestow on, heap on, shower with
- 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.
- 1.1 (lavish something with) Cover something thickly or liberally with: she lavished our son with kissesMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.