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rave

verb \ ˈrāv \

Definition of rave

raved; raving
intransitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of rave in a Sentence

  1. “It's his best performance yet,” raved one movie critic.

  2. The guy on the corner was raving like a madman.

  3. The coach ranted and raved at the referee.

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Origin and Etymology of rave

Middle English

rave Synonyms

Synonyms
drool, effuse, enthuse, fuss, gush, rhapsodize, slobber
Related Words
dote (on), fawn; emote
Near Antonyms
grunt, murmur, mutter, slur; breathe, whisper

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rave

noun

Definition of rave

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

Examples of rave in a Sentence

  1. Her review of the movie was a rave.

  2. the books have received even more raves from parents than from the kids they were written for

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First Known Use of rave

1765



RAVE Defined for English Language Learners

rave

verb

Definition of rave for English Language Learners

  • : to talk or write about someone or something in an excited or enthusiastic way

  • : to talk loudly in an angry or wild way


rave

noun

Definition of rave for English Language Learners

  • : a statement of enthusiastic praise or approval

  • : a large party that lasts all night in which people dance to electronic dance music


RAVE Defined for Kids

rave

verb \ ˈrāv \

Definition of rave for Students

raved; raving
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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