Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by or produced with extravagance and profusion: a lavish buffet. See Synonyms at profuse.
  • adj. Immoderate in giving or bestowing; unstinting: The critics were lavish with their praise.
  • transitive v. To give or bestow in abundance; shower: lavished attention on his customers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal; as, lavish of money; lavish of praise.
  • adj. Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits.
  • v. To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal
  • adj. Superabundant; excessive.
  • transitive v. To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Expending or bestowing with profusion; profuse; prodigal: as, to be lavish of expense, of praise, or of blood.
  • Unrestrained; wild.
  • Expended or bestowed with prodigality or in profuseness; existing in or characterized by profusion; superabundant.
  • Rank, as grass, etc.
  • Synonyms and Profuse, etc. See extravagant.
  • 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. Waste; squandering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
  • adj. very generous
  • adj. characterized by extravagance and profusion

Etymologies

Middle English laves, probably from Old French lavasse, downpour, from laver, to wash, from Latin lavāre; see lave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *lavish (adjective), equivalent to lave (“to pour out”) +‎ -ish. More at lave, -ish. (Wiktionary)

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  • Better to trust in the God who lavishes care on the whole earth than to spend our lives worrying about money and possessions. ODB, March 24, 2011.

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