rag·ing | \ ˈrā-jiŋ \

Definition of raging 

1 : causing great pain or distress

2 : violent, wild a raging fire

3 : extraordinary, tremendous a raging success

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Examples of raging in a Sentence

The fire quickly turned into a raging inferno. The book was a raging success.

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My Dad took us down to watch the raging water flow under the bridge. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "Essential California: Extreme weather prompts warnings," 2 Mar. 2018 Sessions’ comments, coupled with cable news’ nearly nonstop commentary, gives the impression of a raging discourse among economists over the economic impact of immigration. Benjamin Harris, Fortune, "Why Your Economic Argument Against Immigration Is Probably Wrong," 11 Sep. 2017 So the American Whitewater Association created a seven-level standardized rating system covers everything from still water streams to continuous raging rapids for the more advanced river scout. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "Five Things to Know Before Running a Wild River," 11 Aug. 2017 The whole raging battle had apparently been erased. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Your soil is your soil. Or is it?," 14 Jan. 2017 But in Canada, where a raging fire is threatening to destroy the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, firefighters stopped carrying shelters in 2005. Fernanda Santos, New York Times, "25 Seconds That Could Save a Firefighter’s Life (or Not)," 6 May 2016

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First Known Use of raging

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of raging

: very wild and violent

: very great, strong, or impressive

: causing a lot of pain or distress

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the setting in which something occurs

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