• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lavish very generous "distributed gifts with a lavish hand","the critics were lavish in their praise","a munificent gift","his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent","prodigal praise","unsparing generosity","his unstinted devotion","called for unstinting aid to Britain"
    • adj lavish characterized by extravagance and profusion "a lavish buffet","a lucullan feast"
    • v lavish expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns "He was showered with praise"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lavish Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal; as, lavish of money; lavish of praise.
    • Lavish Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits. "Let her have needful, but not lavish , means."
    • v. t Lavish To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lavish Expending or bestowing with profusion; profuse; prodigal: as, to be lavish of expense, of praise, or of blood.
    • lavish Unrestrained; wild.
    • lavish Expended or bestowed with prodigality or in profuseness; existing in or characterized by profusion; superabundant.
    • lavish Rank, as grass, etc.
    • lavish Synonyms and Profuse, etc. See extravagant.
    • lavish To expend or bestow with profusion; give or layout prodigally: as, to lavish encomiums on a person; to lavish money on a friend, or for gratification.
    • n lavish Waste; squandering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Lavish lav′ish to expend profusely: to waste
    • adj Lavish bestowing profusely: prodigal: extravagant: unrestrained
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  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of. You see it all the time... love lavished on absolute fools. Love's a charity ward, you know.”
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    “Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.”
  • Dean Briggs
    Dean Briggs
    “Do your work; not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishing's sake -- that little more which is worth all the rest.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Lavishness is not generosity.”
  • Wilfrid Heed
    Wilfrid Heed
    “God has been so lavish in his gifts that you can lose some priceless ones, the equivalent of whole kingdoms, and still be indecently rich,”
  • Thomas J. Peters
    “Train everyone lavishly, you can't overspend on training.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to E. lave, to lade out; cf. AS. gelafian, to refresh, G. laben,


In literature:

He had often been warned by his uncle to spend the twenty thousand a year to which he was heir freely but not lavishly.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
Lavishness or thrift, alike they proved a mother's affection.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
I discovered, also, that the lavish Tom had exhausted the commissary to achieve the lunch.
"The Van Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
And this Aunt Betty bestowed with a lavish hand.
"Dorothy's Triumph" by Evelyn Raymond
Nature revels in beauty, and does her work with a lavish hand in the far East.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
His Cold Spring home was of historic interest and for many years was the scene of lavish hospitality.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
He was greedy of information, lavish in liking.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Romer came in and Valentia merely told him at great length every word of the foregoing conversation with lavish comments by herself.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
The fathers seem to lavish more affection on the children than the mothers, and no wonder.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
How much time and toil we lavished in the beauty of our schemes Just to save the state from danger to the dearness of our dreams!
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller

In poetry:

Now, here's a pretty prize, indeed,
On which De Vinne's art is lavished;
Harkee! the bonny, dainty thing
Is simply waiting to be ravished!
"To De Witt Miller" by Eugene Field
With lavish hand our God hath spread
Beauty and fragrance o'er the land;
His smile revives the seeming dead;
Nature awakes at His command.
"Arbor Day Tribute" by Jared Barhite
Pale ruler of the heavens, with lavish hands,
The spendthrift Moon arose,
And spilt her silver out across the land,
Alike on friends and foes.
"The Good Queen" by Charles Hanson Towne
I count to learn how late it is,
Until, arrived at thirty-four,
I question, 'What strange world is this
Whose lavish hours would make me poor?'
"Fact Or Fancy?" by James Russell Lowell
Behold, her wisest throng Thy gate,
Their richest, sweetest, purest store,
(Yet owned too worthless and too late,)
They lavish on Thy cottage-floor.
"The Epiphany" by John Keble
Unclenched, the gracious hands
Let slip their gifts like sands
Made rich with ore
That tongues of beggars ravish
From small stout hands so lavish
Of their store.
"A Child's Battles" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

There's no doubt that people are fascinated by Elizabeth Taylor , her many husbands and lavish life.
Graft Charges Depict Kruger's Lavish Lifestyle.
The corporate culture of greed laid bare in an age of bailouts and skyrocketing unemployment has sparked outrage by those left on the sidelines watching top executives lavish themselves with perks.
Mugabe's 88th birthday to be celebrated with a lavish party this weekend, including a soccer tournament dubbed the "Bob 88 Super Cup," a beauty pageant and a concert featuring Zimbabwe's top musicians.
Published in early 1942, the story provides lavish details of naval procedure that gave Post readers a unique view of the war.
Bastille Day in France becomes a less lavish affair this year, as the country tries to keep a lid on spending.
Peeking out from behind this lavishly iced cake are friendly little marshmallow ghosts .
The Globes are well-known there and he has long dreamed of attending the lavish banquet.
Tampa's social scene: Kelleys' lavish life hid troubles.
The Mets have swung for the fences in recent years, lavishing money upon starters and sluggers and relievers in a quest to return to the playoffs.
Hillside 's staff includes 30 youth advocates who lavish attention on the struggling students.
Imagine a kindergarten with 100 students, lavishly supplied with books, crayons and toys.
But the tradition has evolved into lavish displays, not only on front porches and lawns but inside houses as well.
UST when you thought you'd seen it all in excessive executive pay, along comes a money grab so creative - and lavish - that it simply must have its turn in the spotlight.
"VA Lavish vactions & Call them conferences".

In science:

Experimental Observations Extensive attention has been lavished on Fractional Quantum Hall Effects (FQHE) in multicomponent systems since the pioneering work by Halperin1 .
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
Philologically the convergence in a source space must be hiding, as the convergence in a target space could be lavishing.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The predicate (+41) notes the reversely lavishing reform F , the predicate (+32) notes the reversely pressing reform F , the predicate (−32) notes the reversely hiding reform F , the predicate (−41) notes the opposite reflecting reform F .
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence