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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lavish mean? 

LAVISH (adjective)
  The adjective LAVISH has 2 senses:

1. very generous
2. characterized by extravagance and profusion

  Familiarity information: LAVISH used as an adjective is rare.

LAVISH (verb)
  The verb LAVISH has 1 sense:

1. expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns

  Familiarity information: LAVISH used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

LAVISH (adjective)

Sense 1lavish [BACK TO TOP]


Very generous


unstinting; unstinted; unsparing; too-generous; prodigal; overgenerous; munificent; lavish

Context examples:

distributed gifts with a lavish hand / the critics were lavish in their praise / a munificent gift / his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent / prodigal praise / unsparing generosity / his unstinted devotion / called for unstinting aid to Britain


generous (willing to give and share unstintingly)

Sense 2lavish [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by extravagance and profusion


lucullan; plush; lavish; lush; plushy

Context examples:

a lavish buffet / a lucullan feast


rich (suggestive of or characterized by great expense)

LAVISH (verb)

Sense 1lavish [BACK TO TOP]


Expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning


lavish; shower

Context example:

He was showered with praise

Hypernyms (to "lavish" is one way to...):

consume; squander; ware; waste (spend extravagantly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something on somebody

Sentence example:

They lavish money on their grandchild

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