\ ˈrāv How to pronounce rave (audio) \
raved; raving

Definition of rave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to talk irrationally in or as if in delirium
b : to speak out wildly
c : to talk with extreme enthusiasm raved about its beauty
2 : to move or advance violently : storm the iced gusts still rave and beat— John Keats

transitive verb

: to utter in madness or frenzy



Definition of rave (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of raving
2 : an extravagantly favorable criticism the play received the critics' raves
3 : a large overnight dance party featuring techno music and usually involving the taking of mind-altering drugs

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Synonyms & Antonyms for rave

Synonyms: Verb

drool, effuse, enthuse, fuss, gush, rhapsodize, slobber

Synonyms: Noun

acclamation, applause, cheer, cheering, ovation, plaudit(s), réclame

Antonyms: Noun

booing, hissing

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Examples of rave in a Sentence


“It's his best performance yet,” raved one movie critic. The guy on the corner was raving like a madman. The coach ranted and raved at the referee.


Her review of the movie was a rave. the books have received even more raves from parents than from the kids they were written for
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two friends of mine—[filmmaker] Jem Cohen and [writer] Luc Sante—had gone to Sharjah to do a piece together, and came back raving about it. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "How a Sheika From the UAE Turned Dubai's Unassuming Neighbor Into an Art World Destination," 26 Mar. 2019 Kate and Meghan have, in their public appearance, been sure to squash rumors again and again about any reports that there might be a feud between them, raving about each other and being kind and demonstrative. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana's Former Butler Weighs in on Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle," 6 Feb. 2019 Sweeney, who played collegiately at Bucknell, has raved about her team’s selflessness all season. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Villa Maria Academy captures first PIAA lacrosse championship," 9 June 2018 Despite the complaints, many Tesla customers rave about the Model 3. Tim Higgins And Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Tesla’s Model 3 Loses Recommended Status From Consumer Reports," 21 Feb. 2019 After all, Wednesday is national signing day, a college football holiday marked by press conferences wherein every coach at every school raves about every one of their 20-something signees. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Can UW Huskies secure the best class of the Chris Petersen era (and beyond) on national signing day?," 6 Feb. 2019 Among the other foodie trailblazers is Laja (on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, along with nearby Corazón de Tierra)—René Redzepi raves about its off-menu vegetable tostada. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Mann apparently raves about his wife to anyone who will listen. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Bruce Mann, Elizabeth Warren's Husband, Is Low-Key But Incredibly Supportive," 29 Jan. 2019 Japan is another destination du jour that's likely been raved about by your globetrotting friends—but there's much more to be discovered. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But audience members are giving the film rave reviews according to a survey firm called CinemaScore. James Freeman, WSJ, "An ‘Unplanned’ Twitter Outage," 1 Apr. 2019 Lupita Nyong'o's performance in Jordan Peele's Us is earning rave reviews and even Oscar buzz (meantime the film is breaking records left and right). Glamour, "We Need to Talk About Lupita Nyong'o's Us Promo Looks," 28 Mar. 2019 The timing could not be better, given the ongoing yen for stacked shoes: Buffalo recently rereleased its thick-soled rave sneaker, while iterations appeared at shows like Balenciaga (famously, in Croc form) and Sies Marjan for Spring 2018. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Madonna’s Iconic Fluevog Platform—The Ultimate Club Shoe—Is Back and Better Than Ever," 20 Apr. 2018 Her house cycles right along with the movie, inexplicably morphing into the setting for a riot, a rave, and a ground war. Tim Grierson, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Incredibly Special Effects Awards," 26 Feb. 2018 The next Banger mega rave is this Friday; maybe check it out, Riccardo! Luke Leitch, Vogue, "In London, Rave Culture Is Alive and Unwell at Sports Banger," 18 Feb. 2019 And Corker's rave reviews about Bredesen aren't likely to hurt his chances. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "These Republican senators won't campaign against their states Democratic candidates," 16 Apr. 2018 The rave reviews and expectations born in the summer of 2017 unraveled into a big ol’ mess in the fall when the Bucs quickly became star-chasing wannabes. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Buccaneers need to add fortitude to rinse away 2017's reality-show horror," 26 Mar. 2018 Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star Is Born, has garnered rave reviews and prestigious award nominations since its release in October 2018. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Star Is Born Isn't Based on a True Story, But Real-Life People Definitely Inspired It," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of rave


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rave


Middle English

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English Language Learners Definition of rave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to talk or write about someone or something in an excited or enthusiastic way
: to talk loudly in an angry or wild way



English Language Learners Definition of rave (Entry 2 of 2)

: a statement of enthusiastic praise or approval
: a large party that lasts all night in which people dance to electronic dance music


\ ˈrāv How to pronounce rave (audio) \
raved; raving

Kids Definition of rave

1 : to talk wildly or as if crazy They … raved and ranted until they were on the verge of blows …— Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
2 : to talk with great enthusiasm He raved about the new play.

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