rant

verb
\ 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

rant

noun

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

Verb

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 In the halls of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Rep. Mo Brooks ranted like an anti-vaxxer bitten by a rabid dog. al, "Mob rule: Brooks and Byrne prove their loyalty to Trump," 23 Oct. 2019 Adams ranted on Twitter late Wednesday night, calling the NFL a joke for fining him $21,056 for his hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in the first quarter of New York’s 23-3 loss Monday night. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jets’ Adams appealing fine, says officials apologized," 19 Sep. 2019 That attack, during which police say the suspect killed two people while ranting racist and anti-Muslim slurs, sparked discussions about the state's ugly history of white supremacy. Mallory Simon, CNN, "Portland braces for dueling protests: What we know," 14 Aug. 2019 For Mexico, the president’s threat was a replay of past episodes in which Mr. Trump ranted about the country’s lack of immigration enforcement. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Calls Off Plan to Impose Tariffs on Mexico," 7 June 2019 Breivik ranted about Europe being overrun by Muslim immigrants and blamed left-wing political forces for making the continent multicultural. NBC News, "Suspect in Norway mosque attack smirks through bruised face in court," 12 Aug. 2019 Black San Diego has its roots with one of Green’s rants about what wasn’t going on in her community. Cheryl Morrow, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Olivia Green," 8 July 2019 In between ranting about Fashion Nova knocking off her Mugler dress and misquoting the City Girls to defend scorned sister Khloé Kardashian, Kanye West's wife decided to take legal action against Missguided. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "Kim Kardashian Won $2.7 Million From Suing Missguided For Knockoffs," 5 July 2019 Others cited Trump’s rants against immigrants and people of color who have criticized him. Melissa Gomezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Equinox gym protest in West Hollywood over owner’s Trump fundraiser," 9 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, in an epic rant, concludes farmers will stick with Trump even though his China policies are ruining them. Fortune, "Trump’s Trade War with China is about to Hit Home," 31 Aug. 2019 Check out the video above for a joyous Browns rant that’s been two decades in the making. John Pana, cleveland.com, "All hail Baker Mayfield! Our beer-chugging laser-arm QB with the Parma dad mustache," 15 Aug. 2019 Hutton was known for going on rants when developments on the field upset his baseball sensibilities. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Tommy Hutton will retain honest, critical eye in return to Marlins TV," 11 June 2018 For example, police say the shooter suspected of killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart confessed to targeting people of Mexican descent and is believed to have written an anti-Hispanic rant before gunning down mostly Latino shoppers. Amanda Seitz, Fortune, "False Claims Blur Line Between Mass Shootings, 2020 Politics," 5 Sep. 2019 Many of the articles weren't so much arguments supported by fact, but rants supported by nothing. Fox News, "Washington Post publishes special advertising section pushing 'propaganda' for communist China," 30 Aug. 2019 Recently, adult Disney fans have become the subject of online debate when a mother’s angry rant on social media — about how people without children should be banned from Disney World — went viral. Brittany Woolsey, Daily Pilot, "Grownup Disney fans say the park provides a break from ‘adulting’," 29 Aug. 2019 Send your comments and questions, kudos and rants, to talkback@themmqb.com. Mark Mravic, SI.com, "NFL 100: The Arguments and Debates Behind The MMQB’s Project," 28 Aug. 2019 The suspect also is believed to have written an anti-Hispanic rant before gunning down mostly Latino Walmart shoppers with an AK-47-style rifle. Anita Snow, Twin Cities, "Mass shootings have Latinos worried about being targets," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rant

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rant

Verb

obsolete Dutch ranten, randen

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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of rant was in 1601

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More Definitions for rant

rant

verb
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

rant

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

Kids Definition of rant

: to talk loudly and wildly

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