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

  • adj. Plentiful; copious.
  • adj. Giving or given freely and abundantly; extravagant: were profuse in their compliments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In great quantity or abundance.
  • v. To pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to squander.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pouring forth with fullness or exuberance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal; giving without stint
  • adj. Superabundant; excessive; prodigal; lavish.
  • transitive v. To pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to squander.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pour out; dispense liberally; lavish; squander.
  • Liberal to excess; extravagant; lavish; prodigal: as, profuse hospitality; profuse expenditure.
  • Abundant; exuberant; bountiful; copious: as, profuse ornament; profuse compliment.
  • Synonyms Lavish, etc. See extravagant.

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

  • adj. produced or growing in extreme abundance


Middle English, lavish, from Latin profūsus, past participle of profundere, to pour forth : pro-, forth; see pro-1 + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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