\ 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 Fine dining chefs, including Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn) and Anthony Secviar (Protege), have raved about Plenty’s produce. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Plenty’s vertically farmed produce hits Safeway, Whole Foods," 9 Jan. 2020 Teammates, coaches and members of the front office have raved about his talent for months and Porter continues to show flashes of possibly being able to change the view of this rebuild. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson trade was about financial flexibility, stockpiling assets and ... Kevin Porter Jr.," 27 Dec. 2019 Mack since media day has raved about the improvement of Perry's play and it's been clear in the majority of games thus far. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "No need to panic over Louisville basketball's point guard play after one game," 13 Dec. 2019 Stevens had raved about Wanamaker’s steady play so far, and this was an example. BostonGlobe.com, "PHOENIX — The Celtics bounced back from Sunday’s loss by cruising to a 99-85 win over the Suns on Monday night.," 19 Nov. 2019 The film won the Venice Film Festival's top prize and critics have raved about Phoenix's performance, which has led to Oscar talk. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'Joker' becomes the highest-grossing R-rated film ever," 25 Oct. 2019 Pitino has raved about Curry’s abilities and smarts for years, saying the team is simply better when Curry is on the court. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers forward Eric Curry out indefinitely with another knee injury," 8 Oct. 2019 Bobo has raved about Rams quarterback Collin Hill’s camp, and CSU has some seriously fun toys to play with in wideouts Warren Jackson and Nate Craig-Myers and tight ends Cameron Butler and Trey McBride. The Denver Post, "Rocky Mountain Showdown 2019: Who has the edge, staff predictions and things to watch," 29 Aug. 2019 On Tuesday, Reich raved about Mach's unselfishness. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "After first 1,000-yard season, RB Marlon Mack hoping to secure long-term future with Colts," 24 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Behind them, Mallory flashed power and strength in brief action, and Hunt earned rave reviews from Mark Dantonio while redshirting. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Analyzing Michigan State football depth chart heading into 2020 offseason," 5 Jan. 2020 Despite the loss, Daboll earned rave reviews during the telecast from ESPN’s Booger McFarland. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Browns will interview Josh McDaniels, Brian Daboll and Kevin Stefanski this week to complete their 1st wave of 7 head coach candidates," 5 Jan. 2020 Sandler’s latest turn in the dramatic genre is currently earning rave reviews and even breaking box office records. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Uncut Gems has the seventh most F-bombs in movie history," 2 Jan. 2020 Lyonne, who was also a co-creator of the series, got rave reviews for both her acting and writing duties. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, "TV in 2019 meant more inclusion, more bingeing — and Baby Yoda," 26 Dec. 2019 Zella High Waist Leggings Zella high waist leggings have thousands upon thousands of rave reviews on Nordstrom's website. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "17 can't-miss deals from Nordstrom's huge end of year sale," 26 Dec. 2019 The production won rave reviews and six Tony Awards. BostonGlobe.com, "Elizabeth Spencer, author of ‘The Light in the Piazza,’ 98 - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019 The Arizona Diamondbacks earned some rave reviews for their signing of Madison Bumgarner. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks listed among teams that could win World Series in 2020," 23 Dec. 2019 The book has become a bestseller and received rave reviews from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "Depressed by the news? Here’s how to alter your worldview," 20 Dec. 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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13 Jan 2020

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“Rave.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rave. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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