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profuse Syllabification: pro·fuse
Pronunciation: /prəˈfyo͞os/

Definition of profuse in English:


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.
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.


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



Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /prəˈfyo͞osnəs/

Words that rhyme with profuse

abstruse, abuse, adduce, Ballets Russes, Belarus, Bruce, burnous, caboose, charlotte russe, conduce, deduce, deuce, diffuse, douce, educe, excuse, goose, induce, introduce, juice, Larousse, loose, luce, misuse, moose, mousse, noose, obtuse, Palouse, produce, puce, recluse, reduce, Rousse, seduce, sluice, Sousse, spruce, traduce, truce, use, vamoose, Zeus

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