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Webster 1913 Edition


Lavish

Lav′ish

(lăv′ĭsh)
,
Adj.
[Akin to E.
lave
to lade out; cf. AS.
gelafian
to refresh, G.
laben
.]
1.
Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal;
as,
lavish
of money;
lavish
of praise.
2.
Superabundant; excessive;
as,
lavish
spirits
.
Syn. – Profuse; prodigal; wasteful; extravagant; exuberant; immoderate. See
Profuse
.

Lav′ish

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Lavished
(-ĭsht)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Lavishing
.]
To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander;
as, to
lavish
money or praise
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Lavish

LAV'ISH

,
Adj.
[I know not from what source we have received this word. It coincides in elements with L. liber, free, liberal, and lavo, to wash.]
1.
Prodigal; expending or bestowing with profusion; profuse. He was lavish of expense; lavish of praise; lavish of encomiums; lavish of censure; lavish of blood and treasure.
2.
Wasteful; expending without necessity; liberal to a fault.
3.
Wild; unrestrained.
Curbing his lavish spirit.

LAV'ISH

, v.t.
1.
To expend or bestow with profusion; as, to lavish praise or encomiums.
2.
To waste; to expend without necessity or use; to squander; as, to lavish money on vices and amusements.

Definition 2022


lavish

lavish

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lavish (comparative lavisher or more lavish, superlative lavishest or most lavish)

  1. Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal.
    lavish of money;   lavish of praise
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      The day was cool and snappy for August, and the Rise all green with a lavish nature. Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: [] .
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, Part II, chapter4:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. There was a great deal of them, lavish both in material and in workmanship.
  2. Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits.

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lavish (third-person singular simple present lavishes, present participle lavishing, simple past and past participle lavished)

  1. (transitive) To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise.

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