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rant

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verb \ˈrant\

Simple Definition of rant

  • : to talk loudly and in a way that shows anger : to complain in a way that is unreasonable

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rant

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

  3. 2 :  to scold vehemently

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to utter in a bombastic declamatory fashion

ranter

noun

rantingly

play \ˈran-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of rant in a sentence

  1. You can rant and rave all you want, she said, but it's not going to change things.

  2. He ranted that they were out to get him.



Origin and Etymology of rant

obsolete Dutch ranten, randen


First Known Use: 1601


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rant

noun

Definition of rant

  1. 1 a :  a bombastic extravagant speech b :  bombastic extravagant language

  2. 2 dial British :  a rousing good time



Examples of rant in a sentence

  1. <after complaining about the hotel's lousy service, the woman went off on another rant about the condition of her room>

  2. <instead of addressing the current crisis, the mayor's speech was a lot of rant emphasizing his accomplishments>



1649

First Known Use of rant

1649

Rhymes with rant


RANT Defined for Kids

rant

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verb \ˈrant\

Definition of rant for Students

ranted

ranting

  1. :  to talk loudly and wildly





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