generous

Generous people are the ones who give more than is expected of them. It's generous of your friend to take the couch and let you sleep in the bed when you stay over at her place. She didn't have to do that.

When you decide to go one step beyond what's expected of you, you're being generous. A generous helping of food is a bigger than expected scoop of mashed potatoes. A generous teacher is one who volunteers to stay after school to help you with your homework. Be generous yourself: don't forget the letter o when you spell the word generous. Just think of it as a generous act, throwing that extra letter in there.

Definitions of generous
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adj willing to give and share unstintingly

“a generous donation”
Synonyms:
charitable
full of love and generosity
benevolent, freehearted
generous in providing aid to others
big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, handsome, liberal, openhanded
given or giving freely
lavish, munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting
very generous
unselfish
not greedy
unselfish
disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others
Antonyms:
stingy, ungenerous
unwilling to spend
uncharitable
lacking love and generosity
beggarly, mean
(used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
cheap, chinchy, chintzy
embarrassingly stingy
cheeseparing, close, near, penny-pinching, skinny
giving or spending with reluctance
closefisted, hardfisted, tightfisted
unwilling to part with money
grudging, niggardly, scrimy
petty or reluctant in giving or spending
mean, mingy, miserly, tight
(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
parsimonious, penurious
excessively unwilling to spend
meanspirited, ungenerous
lacking in magnanimity
selfish
concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others
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adj not petty in character and mind

“unusually generous in his judgment of people”
Synonyms:
big, large, magnanimous
generous and understanding and tolerant
ungrudging
without envy or reluctance
Antonyms:
meanspirited, ungenerous
lacking in magnanimity
stingy, ungenerous
unwilling to spend
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adj more than adequate

“a generous portion”
Synonyms:
ample
more than enough in size or scope or capacity

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