\ 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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of rave in a Sentence

Verb “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. Noun 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 Organizations that take the time to figure out the right ingredients for their business will be able to feed their people’s hearts and souls, which will attract other like-minded employees to their business and rave reviews from customers. Roberta Matuson, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Legendary premiered on HBO Max to rave reviews in May 2020. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 16 Apr. 2021 Released to rave reviews last summer, its message holds true: Friendship is just as important as romantic and family bonds. Laura Zornosa, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2021 The Mustang Mach-E that launched to rave reviews accounted for 12% of the all-electric vehicles delivered in the U.S. last month, according to market research firm Motor Intelligence. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2021 In October, the 31-year-old filmed her debut Netflix special, To Catch a D*ck, which is now streaming to rave reviews. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 11 Jan. 2021 Pohler and Fey previously hosted the Globes to rave reviews between 2013 and 2015. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 5 Jan. 2021 Shoppers rave about the style and versatility of the towels. Travel + Leisure, 2 July 2021 Amazon shoppers rave about this window unit, which has snagged over 4,000 five-star reviews. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 26 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Zion-Benton graduate Amar Augillard remains uncommitted despite drawing rave reviews for his play this summer. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, 16 July 2021 Shortly after posting, the Barefoot Contessa star received rave reviews from some of her celebrity friends. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 15 July 2021 This durable hand-crank machine received rave reviews by many Amazon shoppers. Ariel Klein, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2021 The late 2020 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini received rave reviews for the performance of the M1. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 July 2021 During a break in the action, Vogt queried Eastlake’s first-base coach about Mayer’s attitude and received rave reviews. BostonGlobe.com, 11 July 2021 Murphy’s receiving rave reviews for her performance (and Massachusetts accent) already. Katherine Singh, refinery29.com, 6 July 2021 The Georgia Southern transfer has drawn rave reviews from his teammates and coaches throughout both spring practices and summer workouts. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 6 July 2021 Holmes was hired in January and received rave reviews for his draft performance — but losing Matthew Stafford and Kenny Golladay from a five-win team doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 1 July 2021

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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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The first known use of rave was in the 14th century

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20 Jul 2021

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“Rave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rave. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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