gen|e|rous [ˈdʒenərəs] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: généreux, from Latin generosus 'born into a high rank', from genus; GENUS]
1.) someone who is generous is willing to give money, spend time etc, in order to help people or give them pleasure
≠ ↑mean generous to
She's always very generous to the kids.
generous with
Jim is very generous with his time.
it/that is generous (of sb)
It was generous of them to ask Anna along.
generous offer/support/donation etc
my employer's generous offer to pay the bill
2.) larger or more than the usual size or amount
≠ ↑measly
a generous glass of wine
generous amount/helping/measure etc
a generous helping of pasta
He had a well-shaped, generous mouth.
3.) sympathetic in the way you deal with people, and tending to see the good qualities in someone or something
≠ ↑mean
She was generous enough to overlook my little mistake.
>generously adv
Please give generously to the refugee fund.
Spread each slice generously with butter.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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