adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin profusus, past participle of profundere to pour forth, from pro- forth + fundere to pour — more at found Date: 15th century 1. pouring forth liberally ; extravagant <
profuse in their thanks
2. exhibiting great abundance ; bountiful <
a profuse harvest
profusely adverbprofuseness noun Synonyms: profuse, lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant mean giving or given out in great abundance. profuse implies pouring forth without restraint <
profuse apologies
. lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion <
a lavish party
. prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources <
prodigal spending
. luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance <
a luxuriant beard
. lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance <
a lush green lawn
. exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly <
an exuberant imagination

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Profuse — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profuse — profuse; lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant carry as their basic meaning giving out or given out in great abundance. What is profuse seems to pour or be poured forth in abundance, without restraint, or in a stream {profuse apologies}… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • profuse — [prō fyo͞os′, prəfyo͞os′] adj. [ME < L profusus, pp. of profundere, to pour out < pro , forth + fundere, to pour: see PRO 2 & FOUND3] 1. giving or pouring forth freely; generous, often to excess: usually with in [profuse in her apologies] 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Profuse — Pro*fuse , v. t. To pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to squander. [Obs.] Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profuse — I adjective abounding, abundant, affluent, ample, boundless, bounteous, bountiful, copious, countless, crowded, diffuse, discursive, effusus, endless, excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, exuberant, flush, full, garrulous, generous, illimitable,… …   Law dictionary

  • profuse — early 15c., from L. profusus spread out, lavish, extravagant, lit. poured forth, prop. pp. of profundere pour forth, from pro forth + fundere to pour (see FOUND (Cf. found) (2)). Related: Profusive; profusively …   Etymology dictionary

  • profuse — [adj] abundant, excessive abounding, alive with*, ample, aplenty, bounteous, bountiful, copious, crawling with*, dime a dozen*, extravagant, extreme, exuberant, fulsome, galore, generous, immoderate, lavish, liberal, lush, luxuriant, no end*,… …   New thesaurus

  • profuse — ► ADJECTIVE 1) plentiful; abundant. 2) archaic extravagant. DERIVATIVES profusely adverb profuseness noun profusion noun. ORIGIN Latin profusus lavish, spread out …   English terms dictionary

  • profuse — adjective 1) profuse apologies Syn: copious, prolific, abundant, liberal, unstinting, fulsome, effusive, extravagant, lavish, gushing; informal over the top, gushy 2) profuse blooms Syn …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • profuse — adj. (cannot stand alone) profuse in (profuse in one s apologies) * * * [prə fjuːs] (cannot stand alone) profuse in (profuse in one s apologies) …   Combinatory dictionary

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