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[pruh-fyoos] /prəˈfyus/
spending or giving freely and in large amount, often to excess; extravagant (often followed by in):
profuse praise.
made or done freely and abundantly:
profuse apologies.
abundant; in great amount.
Origin of profuse
late Middle English
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
1. See lavish. 3. See ample.
1. thrifty. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for profusely
  • It needs little food, grows quickly and breeds profusely.
  • The pups on the bottom literally had ice forming on their bodies and were shaking profusely.
  • He apologized profusely for his comments and he has much to teach us about science and forgiveness.
  • Blooms profusely in summer, producing bright yellow daisies in flattish clusters.
  • After waiting in line for less than a minute, the cashier profusely apologized for my wait.
  • They were then escorted through profusely decorated streets to the headquarters.
  • Everyone let them go, perhaps with an air of mild irritation and some shaking of heads as they were thanked profusely.
  • If you held a public office, you would be profusely bleeding apologies right now.
  • Inconspicuous but fragrant yellow flowers bloom profusely in late spring, followed by small blackish fruits.
  • The book is profusely illustrated with half-tone plates and maps.
British Dictionary definitions for profusely


plentiful, copious, or abundant: profuse compliments
(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 profusely



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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