1. Characterized by or produced with extravagance and profusion: a lavish buffet. See Synonyms at profuse.
2. Immoderate in giving or bestowing; unstinting: The critics were lavish with their praise.
tr.v. lav·ished, lav·ish·ing, lav·ish·es
1. To give or bestow in abundance; shower: lavished attention on his customers.
2. To give something in abundance to: "The aides began lavishing him with kindnesses" (Kay Marie Porterfield).
[Middle English laves, probably from Old French lavasse, downpour, from laver, to wash, from Latin lavāre; see LAVE.]
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