\ 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 The first book in the trilogy, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, came out earlier this year to rave reviews. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "George R.R. Martin may never finish those books. Here’s what to read while you wait," 24 Aug. 2019 Though the story of two men trapped in a lighthouse premiered at Cannes to rave reviews, descriptions of the film are still murky. Marie Claire, "The Best Sci Fi Movies of 2019 (So Far)," 18 July 2019 The Burtons got into competitive barbecue in 2004, encouraged by day-job coworkers at a textbook tracking software venture, after Scott grilled out at a company picnic to rave reviews. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Reality TV show about Alabama barbecue set to return," 15 June 2019 His biography by former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker had just come out to rave reviews and was climbing the bestseller list. Longreads, "How the Cosby Story Finally Went Viral — And Why It Took So Long," 7 June 2019 Here’s your chance to rave about that bowl your great-grandmother passed down to you or that vacuum that has changed your life. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "You Can Win a Free Home Consult With Marie Kondo via Netflix," 30 Jan. 2019 This is the same guy that used to rave about Jay Cutler? Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "This again? Brandon Marshall says ‘Jay Cutler was bad’ and questions the former Bears QB’s leadership and heart during a TV appearance," 16 Sep. 2019 Nick Foles should provide Jaguars with a big upgrade on offense: Those who have ventured through the Jacksonville Jaguars training camp this summer have come away raving about how Nick Foles looks in the offense. John Clayton, courant.com, "NFL needs to shorten the preseason, and more takeaways from start of training camp," 12 Aug. 2019 Over the last few weeks, people have approached in the airport to wish him well at Belmont and to rave about Justify’s beauty. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Justify could make Triple Crown history Saturday, but will the world care as much as it did in 2015?," 9 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is far from the first time Whitefish Bay has received rave reviews. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Whitefish Bay makes top 10 on list of 50 of the best cities to live in the United States, report says," 12 Sep. 2019 The Detroit Youth Choir has been getting rave reviews ever since its June on-air audition, when host Terry Crews used the golden buzzer to advance it straight to the quarterfinals. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "They did it! Detroit Youth Choir will compete next week in 'America's Got Talent' finals," 12 Sep. 2019 Luckily, there’s a current market standout—the PMD Personal Microderm Pro ($100, was $199; ulta.com) that’s garnered rave reviews from customers. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "This At-Home Microdermabrasion Pen Is Your Anti-Aging Secret for Fine Lines," 11 Sep. 2019 The Raiders running back and first-round draft pick got rave reviews for his performance in a 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos, but was just one of 11 rookies who contributed to varying degrees. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Josh Jacobs was headliner of rookie contributors, but far from the only one," 10 Sep. 2019 Troy Brown earned rave reviews for his work with Patriots receivers in training camp. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "Al Michaels will again be on hand for unveiling of a Patriots banner," 7 Sep. 2019 Elton John is a legend, and this biographical musical film received rave reviews. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 2019 Halloween Costume Trends You're Going to See Everywhere," 30 Aug. 2019 The waitstaff exudes professional hospitality, earning rave reviews. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Positano’s Zuppa di Mussels: ‘Everyone loves dunking their bread in the garlicky tomato sauce’," 30 Aug. 2019 In addition to Spanos, Perkins and Horton, the Huskies brought in a new strength and conditioning coach, Matt King, who has received rave reviews from Huskies players for his seemingly boundless enthusiasm. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Eventful offseason leaves many UConn coaches adjusting to new roles," 23 Aug. 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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20 Oct 2019

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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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