Definition of profuse in US English:



  • 1(especially of something offered or discharged) exuberantly plentiful; abundant.

    ‘I offered my profuse apologies’
    • ‘When he was able to get to his feet he offered the man who had saved him his profuse thanks, along with a question.’
    • ‘Such profuse adulation of the rich exists side-by-side with occasional media trashing of individuals as overly piggish or personally flawed.’
    • ‘The collision caused severe skin wounds of the eyebrows and profuse bleeding in both players.’
    • ‘Caution is necessary when performing venipuncture, lymph node biopsy, and bronchoscopy because there may be profuse bleeding due to the high venous pressures in the head and neck.’
    • ‘I have been offered a profuse apology by the individual concerned, and I have accepted it.’
    • ‘The loaves crash to the floor and in the erupting chaos we are offered profuse excuses and apologies.’
    • ‘Please, nevertheless, accept our profuse and sincere apologies for this incident.’
    • ‘I was collapsing numerous times each day and later, very much later, of course, I was diagnosed with profuse bleeding in my stomach.’
    • ‘Equally helpful to prevent profuse bleeding is that all arteries and veins in the giraffe's legs are very internal.’
    • ‘Amid profuse offers of distilled beverages, baloney sandwiches, and hard-boiled eggs, I got in the car and drove off.’
    • ‘The surgery proceeds without incident until suddenly profuse bleeding begins at the surgical site.’
    • ‘The network issued a profuse apology yesterday to dozens of its affiliated stations for leaving them with a black screen and without news coverage at a crucial moment on Wednesday night - the beginning of their local newscasts.’
    • ‘A quick query brought profuse apologies - her order had been mislaid.’
    • ‘You missed the profuse apologies, and the promise of a full refund.’
    • ‘Frankly, I found his profuse apologies and repeated bowing a bit embarrassing.’
    • ‘After one outburst, Flaubert offered profuse apologies and swore never again to behave as he had.’
    • ‘In traditional surgery using scalpels, bleeding can be so profuse that patients need a blood transfusion.’
    • ‘Jill offered her profuse thanks, and allowed Alex to show her around his place, but not without casting a look at me over her shoulder.’
    • ‘It appeared with profuse apologies from our temporary waitress.’
    • ‘You also received profuse apologies, which you richly deserved.’
    copious, prolific, abundant, ample, extravagant, lavish, liberal, unstinting, fulsome, effusive, gushing, immoderate, unrestrained, excessive, inordinate
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    1. 1.1archaic (of a person) lavish; extravagant.
      ‘they are profuse in hospitality’
      • ‘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.’
      enthusiastic, ample, extensive, generous, liberal, lavish, glowing, gushing, gushy
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘extravagant’): from Latin profusus ‘lavish, spread out’, past participle of profundere, from pro- ‘forth’ + fundere ‘pour’.