To luxuriate is to enjoy yourself extravagantly or to an extreme degree. Luxuriate can also mean to thrive, like a plant that grows wildly.

A luxury is something expensive and unnecessary, like eating at a fancy restaurant. To luxuriate is to enjoy yourself in a similar way, not necessarily by spending a lot, but by enjoying something to the fullest. Lying in the sun for hours is luxuriating. Reading in the bookstore for hours is luxuriating. Also, luxuriating is a type of prosperous growth. A banana tree that yields a lot of bananas is luxuriating: it's thriving and growing.

Definitions of luxuriate

v enjoy to excess

indulge (one's appetite) to satiety
Type of:
consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
use up (resources or materials)

v become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously

Type of:
consume, squander, ware, waste
spend extravagantly

v thrive profusely or flourish extensively

Type of:
boom, expand, flourish, thrive
grow vigorously

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