\ ˈrant How to pronounce rant (audio) \
ranted; ranting; rants

Definition of rant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
2 : to scold vehemently

transitive verb

: to utter in a bombastic declamatory fashion



Definition of rant (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a bombastic extravagant speech
b : bombastic extravagant language
2 dialectal British : a rousing good time

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Other Words from rant


ranter noun
rantingly \ ˈran-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce rantingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for rant

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of rant in a Sentence

Verb “You can rant and rave all you want,” she said, “but it's not going to change things.” He ranted that they were out to get him. Noun after complaining about the hotel's lousy service, the woman went off on another rant about the condition of her room instead of addressing the current crisis, the mayor's speech was a lot of rant emphasizing his accomplishments
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Social media posts were abuzz with frustrated commuters ranting about the delays. oregonlive, "TriMet apologizes for shuttle delays amid MAX closures, urges patience," 7 Feb. 2020 The suspect live-streamed the attack on a popular gaming site while ranting in English about Jews and denying the Holocaust. Fox News, "German synagogue gunman admits to deadly anti-Semitic attack, also hoped to target mosques: prosecutors," 12 Oct. 2019 Oh, and Clemson won big (what’s new) against South Carolina, after which Dabo Swinney ranted about all the people who supposedly don’t want the Tigers in the bracket. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Football Four: Alabama's out, and now the debate shifts: Utah vs. Oklahoma or Baylor," 2 Dec. 2019 Residents, told to buy bottled water or boil it from the tap, ranted. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Panic gripped Fort Lauderdale officials as water crisis dragged on, text messages show," 11 Oct. 2019 The action is pretty evenly divided between the public excitement at an outdoor rave and the indoor live streams of the sexist, violent, ranting Theo. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: ‘Girls’ a mad, magnificent dance-club rave at Yale Rep," 11 Oct. 2019 Several angry E-Trade customers ranted on Twitter Thursday about the company not immediately following suit, with several threatening to take their business elsewhere. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "E-Trade cuts commissions to zero along with rest of brokerage industry," 2 Oct. 2019 In his essay, Paulus cites numerous examples of users on Nextdoor—a site that has in the past been criticized for permitting racist discourse—ranting about homeless encampments. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "No, Encryption Is Not About to Be ‘Backdoored’—Data Sheet," 1 Oct. 2019 Even Bill Nye the Science Guy deduced on video that the temperature alone wouldn’t have been enough, although his contribution was mostly dedicated to ranting about climate change while waiting for footballs to chill. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "Can Science Solve the Mystery of "Deflategate"?," 29 Jan. 2015 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves. The Washington Post, "Ask Tom: Rants, raves and questions on the DC dining scene," 4 Feb. 2020 Given Trump’s penchant for online rants and targeting people online, dedicating part of a speech to praise the work of an anti-cyberbullying initiative seems hypocritical at best. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Impeachment Season Is Going Strong — But, Where Is Melania Trump?," 29 Jan. 2020 Schill’s latter-day, off-the-rails rants and social media posts are not singularly what has kept him out. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Curt Schilling misses out on Hall of Fame, but he’ll get in next year," 21 Jan. 2020 Unfortunately, the smallness of that rant and others like it this season has obscured the really big thing Clemson is on the verge of accomplishing. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Dabo Swinney obscuring how great this Clemson run has been with his rants," 11 Jan. 2020 This reminded me of what Australian journalist Lenore Taylor asserted a couple of months ago: Grabbing pull quotes from Trump's rants and cutting out the craziest bits actually misleads the audience. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Trump hijacks news cycle with 'unhinged' letter on impeachment eve," 18 Dec. 2019 Climate change is a problem that should be dealt with, but the media’s unhinged rants and slavering coverage of Thunberg’s paranoia are needlessly terrifying impressionable children. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 26 Sep. 2019 The nickname also was trending Friday as a hashtag on Twitter as news reports about the rant and McConnell's Senate actions mounted. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell called 'Moscow Mitch' for blocking election security bills," 24 July 2019 Not missing a beat, Kelly retweeted the rant and rushed to Chevel's defense. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Wait, Why Was There So Much Drama Around Kelly Clarkson at the Indy 500?," 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of rant


1601, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rant


obsolete Dutch ranten, randen

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11 Feb 2020

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“Rant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rant. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce rant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rant

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


\ ˈrant How to pronounce rant (audio) \
ranted; ranting

Kids Definition of rant

: to talk loudly and wildly

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