Definition of extravagant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstrævəɡənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstrævəɡənt//
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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 £100 on a dress. She's got 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 is necessary an extravagant present
  3. 3(of ideas, speech or behaviour) 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.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘unusual, unsuitable’): from medieval Latin extravagant- ‘diverging greatly’, from the verb extravagari, from Latin extra- ‘outside’ + vagari ‘wander’.Extra examples I go to that restaurant for lunch if I’m feeling extravagant. You mustn’t be so extravagant with other people’s money. He bought us all these extravagant presents he couldn’t really afford. I felt very extravagant spending £500 on a dress. She has very extravagant tastes.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: extravagant