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Definition of extravagant adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 spending 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
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