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



    BrE BrE//ˈlævɪʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlævɪʃ//
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  1. 1large in amount, or impressive, and usually costing a lot of money synonym extravagant, luxurious lavish gifts/costumes/celebrations They lived a very lavish lifestyle. They rebuilt the house on an even more lavish scale than before. It was one of the most lavish weddings I’ve ever been to.
  2. 2lavish (with/in something) giving or doing something generously He was lavish in his praise for her paintings.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun denoting profusion): from Old French lavasse ‘deluge of rain’, from laver ‘to wash’, from Latin lavare.Extra examples They were rather lavish with their presents. He enhanced his position by making lavish gifts to members of the king’s inner circle. He willingly accepted their lavish hospitality. They have a very lavish lifestyle. a lavish dining room
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