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profuse

[pruh-fyoos] /prəˈfyus/
adjective
1.
spending or giving freely and in large amount, often to excess; extravagant (often followed by in):
profuse praise.
2.
made or done freely and abundantly:
profuse apologies.
3.
abundant; in great amount.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin profūsus, past participle of profundere to pour out or forth. See pro-1, fuse2
Related forms
profusely, adverb
profuseness, noun
unprofuse, adjective
unprofusely, adverb
unprofuseness, noun
Synonyms
1. See lavish. 3. See ample.
Antonyms
1. thrifty.
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-fuse

profuse

/prəˈfjuːs/
adjective
1.
plentiful, copious, or abundant: profuse compliments
2.
(often foll by in) free or generous in the giving (of): profuse in thanks
Derived Forms
profusely, adverb
profuseness, profusion, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin profundere to pour lavishly
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Word Origin and History for pro-fuse

profuse

adj.

early 15c., "lavish, extravagant," from Latin profusus "spread out, lavish, extravagant," literally "poured forth," noun use of past participle of profundere "pour forth," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Meaning "bountiful" is from c.1600. Related: Profusely; profuseness.

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