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raved; raving

intransitive verb

: to talk irrationally in or as if in delirium
: to speak out wildly
: to talk with extreme enthusiasm
raved about its beauty
: to move or advance violently : storm
the iced gusts still rave and beatJohn Keats

transitive verb

: to utter in madness or frenzy


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

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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Word History



Middle English

First Known Use


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


1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Rave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rave. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
raved; raving
: to talk wildly or irrationally
: to talk with great enthusiasm
raved about the new play
raver noun


2 of 2 noun
: a statement of enthusiastic praise

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