August 25, 2012
luxuriate (verb)
\lug-ZHUR-ee-ayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to enjoy oneself in a luxurious manner
How do you use it?
As the hot summer sun blazed in the sky, Beth and her family floated slowly downstream on their inflatables, luxuriating in coolness of the river water.
Are you a word wiz?

We've only told you part of the story about "luxuriate"; the word has another meaning as well. Which of the following do you think it is?

Aside from the common meaning used in today's sentence, "luxuriate" also means "to grow in great numbers or quantity." This is the meaning the word had when it first came into English in the early 1600s. At that time, it was often used to describe plants that were thriving, a sense still in use today. In Joseph Conrad's book "Lord Jim," for example, a strip of jungle is said to be "luxuriating in a damp hollow." "Luxuriate" comes from the Latin word "luxuria," meaning "rankness, luxury, excess."
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