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Definition of extravagant adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1spending a lot more money, or using a lot more of something, than you can afford or than is necessary I felt very extravagant spending $200 on a dress. She has very extravagant tastes. Residents were warned not to be extravagant with water, in view of the low rainfall this year.
  2. 2costing a lot more money than you can afford or than is necessary an extravagant present
  3. 3(of ideas, speech, or behavior) very extreme or impressive but not reasonable or practical synonym exaggerated the extravagant claims/promises of politicians I was embarrassed by all the extravagant praise I was getting. He had the extravagant gestures and loud voice of an actor.
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adverb extravagantly expensive extravagantly high hopes
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: extravagant