\ 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 rant (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 Some days later, a protester with rifle armor and an ex-military background would rant at me at great length about Field Manual 3-24. Sarah Jeong, The New Republic, "The Battle of Portland," 3 Sep. 2020 But even in the best of times, these platforms can be a hell-pit, where relatives rant about the latest political activity and anonymous trolls and bots turn every headline into a hill to die on. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "How to read the news without doom scrolling through social media," 20 Apr. 2020 But the commentary can veer cringe-worthy, as in a scene in which Hibbs’ character rants maniacally in Union Square while brandishing a bottle of whisky, kicking over patio furniture and yelling at extras playing pedestrians. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Skier shreds SF’s hills in new film, ‘The Kook’," 1 Mar. 2020 In a series of text messages released by the House Intelligence Committee, Connecticut congressional candidate Robert F. Hyde ranted about then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and appeared to be monitoring her movements in the capital Kiev. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "If America treats its friends like this, it might not have them much longer," 16 Jan. 2020 Distraught with the de-coupling of the show's early faves (and Mike's wandering eye), fans of the series took to Twitter to rant about the 24-year-old's perceived disloyalty to Leanne. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "If You Think You Fancy Mike Boateng From Love Island, Just Wait Till You See His Brothers," 27 Jan. 2020 Two days later, James Carville, Bill Clinton’s former campaign guru, went on Morning Joe to rant about how a Sanders nomination would bring about the apocalypse. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Bernie Sanders Has an MSNBC Problem," 12 Feb. 2020 The First Amendment is not just a permission slip to rant on a street corner. Luke Wachob, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corruption Proposal Would Silence Dissent," 26 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, state media aired his rant against the judge at length, while also reporting that his remarks could trigger yet more charges — of insulting the court. Washington Post, "In a Russian court, Alexei Navalny is caged and angry but far from silent," 20 Feb. 2021 Boyd said in the second post that his wife has also faced repercussions from his rant. Timothy Chipp, USA TODAY, "Texas mayor who wrote 'only the strong will survive' amid deadly winter storm says he has resigned," 18 Feb. 2021 The whole thing is like this: one overwritten, obnoxious, hyper-self-aware rant after another. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Louise Linton’s Sex-Cannibal Comedy, Me You Madness, Is Here, and It Is Not Good," 12 Feb. 2021 Impossible 7 after a second rant from the star—is quit. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Issue With Tom Cruise’s COVID-19 Rant," 18 Dec. 2020 Not everyone was thrilled by the actor-producer’s rant, of course. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Admit it, it felt good to hear Tom Cruise get angry about COVID-19 safety," 16 Dec. 2020 Colin Jost compares Trump’s recent 45-minute rant to an unhinged Only Fans video. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: Jason Bateman hosts cast-driven episode with musical guest Morgan Wallen," 6 Dec. 2020 Actor and comedian Leonard Robinson has no problem with Tom Cruise’s recent on-set rant about COVID-19 safety. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "After summer’s racial reckoning, a Groundlings member checks in," 22 Dec. 2020 Channeling his inner-McGregor in a profane, insulting rant posted on social media, Paul publicly challenged McGregor and offered him $50 million to fight in a boxing match. Allen Kim, CNN, "YouTuber Jake Paul offers UFC fighter Conor McGregor $50 million to box him," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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“Rant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rant. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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