pro·fuse (prə-fys, prō-)
1. Plentiful; copious.
2. Giving or given freely and abundantly; extravagant: were profuse in their compliments.
[Middle English, lavish, from Latin profūsus, past participle of profundere, to pour forth : pro-, forth; see PRO-1 + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: profuse, exuberant, lavish, lush1, luxuriant, prodigal
These adjectives mean marked by unrestrained abundance: profuse apologies; an exuberant growth of moss; lavish praise; lush vegetation; luxuriant hair; prodigal bounty.
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