\ 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

At the Cannes Film Festival premiere of the movie in May, Murray raved about Gomez. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Selena Gomez Makes Rare Red Carpet Appearance in Feathered Mini-Dress," 11 June 2019 After grabbing Okereke 89th overall in April, the Colts raved about his character. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Colts were aware of Bobby Okereke sexual assault allegation before drafting Stanford LB," 5 June 2019 In the interview, Dewan raved about the natural product line, Savvy Minerals by Young Living, which are infused with peppermint oil. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Way Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum's Daughter Everly Isn't Like Them," 31 Jan. 2019 Yelp users raved about The Italian Deli's hot pastrami sandwich and gelato as well as hot dogs topped with prosciutto, crushed meatballs and reuben sandwich condiments. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Old town Elk Grove deli specializing in loaded hot dogs closes," 4 June 2018 James and coach Tyronn Lue raved about Smith's ability to bounce back from tough moments but that didn't happen Sunday. Josh Dubow, chicagotribune.com, "Cavs' J.R. Smith struggles in Game 2 after Game 1 blunder," 3 June 2018 Although some viewers raved about the renditions, others criticized the singers. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Finale Had So Many Performances and There Are a Lot of Mixed Reviews," 22 May 2019 While most anime conventions have K-pop or J-pop performances, Anime Midwest will host more than a dozen live bands from different genres, including hard rock and Vocaloid (computerized voice synthesizer), along with two overnight EDM raves. Savannah Eadens, chicagotribune.com, "Cosplay and manga reign, as Anime Midwest comes to Rosemont," 6 July 2018 This depiction of Ivanka and Melania as civilizing forces on Trump—a ridiculous assertion disproven over and again—is in part why so many women voted for a raving misogynist in the first place. Jessica Valenti, Marie Claire, "We're Missing the Point with Melania Trump," 1 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The film, set to premiere June 21, got had its world premiere Tuesday, and received rave reviews from critics, who praised its humor, heart and originality. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Toy Story 4 Will 'Wreck Your Emotions' According to Glowing First Reactions," 12 June 2019 Isaiah got rave reviews and started taking cupcake orders via Facebook. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Teen sells enough cupcakes to take his entire family to Disney World," 7 June 2019 Against a bright yellow backdrop, Offset performs in a number of cyberpunk pieces made from waxy leather and PVC (his rave-ready, flared jeans in particular are a stand out). Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Offset and Cardi B Have Never Looked More in Sync Than They Do in the “Clout” Video," 17 Apr. 2019 After receiving rave reviews following its premiere on May 3, fans are waiting for the show to be picked up for season 2. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Christina Applegate's Double Mastectomy Scene in Netflix's 'Dead to Me’," 18 May 2019 The show, which stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, has been met with rave reviews. Netflix has not yet announced if Dead to Me will be renewed for a second season, but the show's creator already has some ideas for what's next. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "When Will 'Dead to Me' Season 2 Come to Netflix? Here's What We Know So Far," 6 May 2019 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

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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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