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[luhg-zhoo r-ee-eyt, luhk-shoo r-] /lʌgˈʒʊər iˌeɪt, lʌkˈʃʊər-/
verb (used without object), luxuriated, luxuriating.
to enjoy oneself without stint; revel:
to luxuriate in newly acquired wealth.
to grow fully or abundantly; thrive:
The plants luxuriated in the new soil.
Origin of luxuriate
1615-25; < Latin luxuriātus, past participle of luxuriāre. See luxuriant, -ate1
Related forms
luxuriation, noun
unluxuriating, adjective Unabridged
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  • I lay on my side, luxuriating in being still, and slowly a sort of vigour crept back into my limbs.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • I hope she will take her down to the sand-heap, where the children have been luxuriating all the morning.'

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The Polish king, with his army, remained a long time at Kief, luxuriating in every indulgence at the expense of the inhabitants.

    The Empire of Russia John S. C. Abbott
  • Before Waterman, luxuriating in his applause, could resume, Fred was on his feet.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • He awoke ravenous and thirsty, but lay quietly for a time, luxuriating in the feel of the clean soft sheets.

    Faithfully Yours Lou Tabakow
  • But the account books were shut, and her guardian was luxuriating in an arm-chair and a cigar.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • Tired with their sport, they lay upon the grassy sward, luxuriating in the warm sun.

  • "I'd just been luxuriating in the thought of a lot of new dresses," she said mournfully.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
  • Taquinet is the dwarf clerk of a notary, luxuriating in a wage of fifty pounds a-year, and a hunch of the first magnitude.

  • They had got out their winter coats, and were luxuriating in the first cold weather.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
British Dictionary definitions for luxuriating


verb (intransitive)
(foll by in) to take voluptuous pleasure; revel
to flourish extensively or profusely
to live in a sumptuous way
Derived Forms
luxuriation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin luxuriāre
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Word Origin and History for luxuriating



1620s, "to indulge in luxury," from Latin luxuriatus, past participle of luxuriare "have to excess," figuratively "run riot, be dissolute, indulge to excess," from luxuria "excess, rankness, luxuriance" (see luxury). Related: Luxuriated; luxuriating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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