generous - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    giving people more of your time or money than is usual or expected

    Merton is clearly a warm and generous person.

    generous to:

    Billy was very generous to people who had less than he did.

    generous with:

    Lawyers have been generous with their time and talents.

    generous of someone (to do something):

    That’s very generous of you.

    1. a.
      a generous present is larger or more expensive than is usual or expected

      The committee expressed thanks to everyone for their generous donations.

      a generous gift

    2. b.
      a generous action takes more time or effort than is usual or expected

      a generous gesture

  2. 2
    a generous amount is larger than is usual or necessary

    a generous helping of rice

    a generous court settlement

    There are generous discounts to groups of ten or more.

  3. 3
    kind, friendly, and helpful

    Thank you for your generous comments.

derived word



‘I’ll take the kids,’ Nicky offered generously.