November 10, 2011
generous (adjective)
\JEN-uh-rus\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : free in giving or sharing2 : noble, high-minded3 : abundant
How do you use it?
The class made a generous donation of canned goods to help feed people in need.
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Synonyms of "generous" may not be abundant, but there are several. Which of these words do you think is synonym of "generous"?

"Generous," "liberal," "bountiful," and "munificent" all mean giving or sharing freely. "Generous" stresses warmhearted readiness to give more than size or importance of the gift, as in "We accepted her generous offer of help." "Liberal" adds to "generous" the idea of largeness or importance of the thing or amount given, as in "The teacher is always liberal with his praise." "Bountiful" suggests giving or providing in abundance, as in "This year, the harvest was abundant." "Munificent" suggests extreme abundance in giving, as in "The museum received a munificent foundation grant."
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