April 08, 2012
- lavish (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : spending or giving more than is necessary : extravagant2 : spent, produced, or given freely
- How do you use it?
- Rosa's grandmother always prepares a lavish meal when the whole family gets together.
- Are you a word wiz?
English has an abundance of words that express the idea behind "lavish." Which word do you think means about the same thing as "lavish"?Lavish praise for you if you chose Answer D, "profuse." Like "lavish," "profuse," "luxuriant," and "lush" all suggest generous amounts. Each carries certain connotations, however. Try "lavish" to imply unmeasured extravagance, as in "a lavish wedding reception." "Profuse" is a good choice to stress unrestrained giving, as in "offered profuse apologies." Use "luxuriant" when you want to suggest a rich abundance, as in "an animal with a luxuriant coat." Give "lush" a try to suggest soft fullness, as in "a lush green lawn."