Meaning of “generous” in the English Dictionary

"generous" in British English

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uk /ˈdʒen.ər.əs/ us /ˈdʒen.ər.əs/

generous adjective (CHARACTER)

B1 willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected:

a very generous man
[ + to infinitive ] It was generous of you to lend me the money.
She's been very generous with her time.
There's a generous (= kinder than deserved) review of the book in today's newspaper.

More examples

  • The public's response to the crisis appeal was generous and compassionate.
  • His mother is one generous woman.
  • John Herschel was an urbane, kindly and generous man.
  • She's a really sweet person and she's generous to a fault.
  • The charity will go under unless a generous donor can be found within the next few months.
adverb uk /ˈdʒen.ər.ə us /ˈdʒen.ər.ə


  • The star has generously agreed to donate all the proceeds to charity.
  • She behaved very generously towards us, and wouldn't allow us to pay for anything.
  • I don't know why you tipped the waitress so generously, when service was included in the bill.
  • The company compensated its customers generously for the loss they had suffered.
  • The people of the town filled the collection boxes most generously.


Please give generously to charity.
The jacket is very generously cut.

(Definition of “generous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"generous" in American English

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us /ˈdʒen·ə·rəs/

(of someone) willing to give help or support, esp. more than is usual or expected, or (of something) larger than usual or expected:

a generous donor
food in generous portions
adverb us /ˈdʒen·ə·rə·sli/

Please give generously to those in need.

(Definition of “generous” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)