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Meaning of PROFUSE

Pronunciation:  pru'fyoos

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  produced or growing in extreme abundance; "their riotous blooming"
 

PROFUSE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: abundant, exuberant, lush, luxuriant, riotous
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Pro*fuse"\, a. [L. profusus, p. p. of profundere to
    pour forth or out; pro forward, forth + fundere to pour: cf.
    F. profus. See {Fuse} to melt.]
    1. Pouring forth with fullness or exuberance; bountiful;
       exceedingly liberal; giving without stint; as, a profuse
       government; profuse hospitality.
    
             A green, shady bank, profuse of flowers. --Milton.
    
    2. Superabundant; excessive; prodigal; lavish; as, profuse
       expenditure. ``Profuse ornament.'' --Kames.
    
    Syn: Lavish; exuberant; bountiful; prodigal; extravagant.
    
    Usage: {Profuse}, {Lavish}, {Prodigal}. Profuse denotes
           pouring out (as money, etc.) with great fullness or
           freeness; as, profuse in his expenditures, thanks,
           promises, etc. Lavish is stronger, implying
           unnecessary or wasteful excess; as, lavish of his
           bounties, favors, praises, etc. Prodigal is stronger
           still, denoting unmeasured or reckless profusion; as,
           prodigal of one's strength, life, or blood, to secure
           some object. --Dryden.
    
    
  2. \Pro*fuse"\, v. t.
    To pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to
    squander. [Obs.] --Chapman.
    
    
 

 

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