Definition of lavish in English:

lavish

adjective

  • 1Sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious:

    ‘a lavish banquet’
    • ‘After the meeting, the resort laid on a lavish Hawaiian style buffet on the beachfront.’
    • ‘The perfect spot for calm and quiet intimacy before more lavish dinners, drinks and dancing on the upper floors.’
    • ‘There was an unending search for blockbusters that depended on lavish sets and costly special effects, to draw crowds into the cinema halls.’
    • ‘I had twin sons and lived a rather lavish lifestyle.’
    • ‘Ngaanyatjarra is an especially rich and lavish language, both in its grades of meaning and its structure and its sound.’
    • ‘He also lives the kind of lavish lifestyle that also doesn't come cheaply.’
    • ‘Well, I think it is rather lavish.’
    • ‘The Queen will get things under way on Thursday night at a lavish opening ceremony.’
    • ‘This lavish, opulent approach - one might call it ‘good taste with good humour’ - is typical of her style.’
    • ‘The dinner and drinking party was a favourite theme in the lavish paintings which adorned their tombs.’
    • ‘It was in his time that the use of rosewater as a flavouring for food came into vogue in the lavish and sumptuous cuisine of the Arabs.’
    • ‘Of course the costumes and sets are lush and lavish.’
    • ‘He threw some of the most lavish parties Fort Worth had ever seen.’
    • ‘The directors' lavish lifestyles and sumptuous houses on the outskirts of Sydney raised the heckles of the Australian public.’
    • ‘Gone were the lavish decorations that had adorned the walls to celebrate their arrival that first time, but even so it was still far too overly decorated for Matthew's taste.’
    • ‘There was also a live concert of indigenous music and a lavish banquet.’
    • ‘Only in sports do we generally find plush, sumptuous, lavish condominium accommodations.’
    • ‘The buildings in the Arts District were all designed with fancy and expensive, lavish architecture.’
    • ‘There were various celebrations honoring the gods, often accompanied by lavish banquets.’
    • ‘The surveillance team was rewarded with leftovers from the lavish banquets, which were much better than their usual fare.’
    sumptuous, luxurious, luxuriant, lush, gorgeous, costly, opulent, grand, elaborate, splendid, rich, regal, ornate, expensive
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) very generous or extravagant:
      ‘he was lavish with his hospitality’
      • ‘They're not extravagant or lavish, really, but he runs into the kitchen and stands on my feet every time he hears me open the cupboard.’
      • ‘He was a lavish philanthropist, endowing hospitals and libraries as well as the famous art gallery.’
      • ‘He was lavish with her, but not like the movie would have you believe.’
      • ‘There was one exception to his lavish generosity.’
      • ‘Sometimes they cannot afford much, and in times of crisis, even when they are lavish it does not feel like enough.’
      generous, liberal, bountiful, open-handed, unstinting, unsparing, ungrudging, free, munificent, handsome
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    2. 1.2 Spent or given in profusion:
      ‘lavish praise’
      • ‘They are generous, petty, lavish with their opinions, open-hearted.’
      • ‘It's not the affection that she enjoys, but rather the lavish gifts that are tossed her way.’
      • ‘Other funds paid for their first-class travel or covered lavish gifts.’
      • ‘As a newly promoted side, anywhere in the top 10 will earn lavish praise.’
      • ‘In some parts of the country, where children's parties are big business, youngsters can leave with lavish gifts.’
      • ‘Witness their lavish praise for the ‘nice and friendly’ treatment they got on a return visit for a check-up.’
      • ‘The new team, despite being warned, bestowed lavish gifts upon that one man.’
      • ‘She receives lavish gifts and letters with armorial seals from far-away places, possibly from a lover.’
      • ‘A husband not believing in spending much on gifts is usually mated to a woman who believes in giving lavish gifts as tokens of love.’
      • ‘If you're not ready to spoil your pet with lavish gifts and gourmet treats just yet, start small.’
      • ‘The lavish praise is only possible because the book note is riddled with factual errors and misleading innuendo from start to finish.’
      • ‘He hates exchanging gifts (I'm not big on lavish gifting myself) and really isn't in to all the hype.’
      • ‘But it was the landscape that attracted his most lavish praise as they traveled.’
      • ‘I only wish for a small wedding, no gifts or lavish food or gowns, just my family and their blessings.’
      • ‘This need not be a problem if they don't get lavish gifts for the godchild and if your other children have godparents who spend special time with them.’
      • ‘True, beyond lavish praise, Los Angeles has always been a place of dreams and metaphors.’
      • ‘That gave Ellen a golden opportunity to shower the couple with some pretty lavish baby gifts.’
      • ‘He paid lavish praise to the girls for their wonderful liturgy.’
      • ‘This is a genuine reflection of his entire approach which in recent days has evoked lavish praise in the financial press on both sides of the English Channel.’
      • ‘Any time your children show good manners - which is at the heart of being considerate and kind - lavish praise on them.’
      abundant, copious, ample, superabundant, plentiful, profuse, liberal, prolific, generous
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]lavish something on
  • 1 Bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities on:

    ‘the media couldn't lavish enough praise on the film’
    • ‘But nobody can fault him for not lavishing enough hyperbole on his creation.’
    • ‘She also ran up a £7,000 shoe bill and lavished gifts on friends and relations.’
    • ‘In ever greater numbers, collectors lavished their treasures on the museum.’
    • ‘They lavished many gifts on the King, and they praised his advisers for their wisdom in bringing the palace to completion.’
    • ‘They have spent years lavishing their love on scores of disadvantaged and special needs children.’
    • ‘He was riding on the success of the publications of The Happy Prince, Dorian Gray and the staging of Lady Windermere's Fan in 1892, lavishing gifts on his friends.’
    • ‘Did you regret lavishing such care on my education when I used it to sever all dependency as soon as I could?’
    • ‘The Government has also lavished funds on the constituency over the past year and sent a record number of ministers to attend events there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has always enjoyed the champagne lifestyle, wining and dining a succession of girlfriends and lavishing presents on friends.’
    give freely, spend, expend, heap, shower, pour, deluge, give generously, give unstintingly, bestow freely
    blow
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    1. 1.1lavish someone with Give someone generous amounts of:
      ‘he was lavished with gifts’
      • ‘Nicky works in the evening as an insurance claims handler - she admits that she lavishes Lewis with too much attention during the day.’
      • ‘She sits and doesn't make a fuss, expecting him to solve all her problems and come back, lavishing her with attention at his exhibition which is the sole purpose of the visit.’
      • ‘I lavished Max with attention in order to avoid eye contact.’
      • ‘Enchanted by her presence, he lavishes her with attention.’
      • ‘One moment, he was lavishing her with affection, blessing her with his openness.’
      • ‘As a child, Jenna experienced love as inconsistent - she would be lavished with affection, then suddenly her parents would withdraw into their own worlds.’
      • ‘He has been suggested for the Nobel Peace Prize, is supported by more than 80 percent of the French public, and even his enemies are lavishing him with praise.’
      • ‘But he had always been a sentimental kid at heart, and was probably just jealous because I wasn't lavishing him with attention for a change.’
      • ‘And again - if I've only met you once, six months ago, there are limits to how willing and able I will be to lavish you with praise and encouragement.’
      • ‘If the universe hasn't lavished you with extravagance lately, use this week's Mercurian energy to add some major extensions to your wish list.’

Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun denoting profusion): from Old French lavasse deluge of rain, from laver to wash, from Latin lavare.

Pronunciation

lavish

/ˈlavɪʃ/