\ 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 Given the opportunity, players rave about Priefer during interviews. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "What can be learned from Mike Priefer’s 2016 head coaching performance with the Vikings?," 5 Jan. 2021 People rave about the properties of coconut oil, so that’s a good place to start. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "Five tips for taking care of your over-washed hands," 20 Dec. 2020 Reviewers rave over this one with its subtle balloon sleeves, mock turtleneck and pretty color options, which include ocean blue, dark gray, garnet and white. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best Nordstrom sales this Cyber Monday," 30 Nov. 2020 Year after year, our alumni rave about how our services inspired incredible professional and personal growth. Patty Terhune, The New Yorker, "Welcome to Our Writing Retreat, You’re Grounded!," 28 Nov. 2020 Teammates rave about his professionalism and selflessness. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "How 7 years in Europe made Brad Wanamaker the Warriors’ ideal role player," 23 Nov. 2020 Reviewers rave about this electric blanket, giving especially high marks for material quality (4.4 stars). Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Electric Blankets to Keep You Warm and Cozy All Night Long," 1 Oct. 2020 Kevin Stefanski, Browns rave about Mayfield’s hot streak — Baker Mayfield was impressive once again on Sunday night, setting the team record for completion percentage in a game at 84.4 percent. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "5 Christmas presents for the 2020 Browns including Baker Mayfield and the Haslams: This Week in the Cleveland Browns," 21 Dec. 2020 Reviewers rave how amazing the skinny fit is without the need for additional tailoring. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "New Year’s Eve outfits that will have you celebrating 2021 in style," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our top six picks for the best bamboo sheets are based on rave reviews from hundreds (or in some cases, thousands) of happy shoppers. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Best Bamboo Sheets for Luxurious Sleep, According to Hundreds of Rave Reviews," 14 Jan. 2021 This year as the Broyles Award winner as the nation’s top assistant, Sarkisian pushed all the right buttons and earned rave reviews in Tuscaloosa. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Steve Sarkisian leaves Alabama as Saban’s best OC following brilliant title game," 12 Jan. 2021 For a more affordable option, this office chair on Amazon has rave reviews. Rachel Moskowitz, USA TODAY, "Ergonomic chairs and other products that can help you work from home more comfortably," 11 Jan. 2021 Bakers say the cakes are usually met with rave reviews. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Honey, the pandemic shrunk our wedding cake," 5 Jan. 2021 Ethan Hawke earned rave reviews for his turn as combative abolitionist John Brown in this Showtime miniseries, adapted from James McBride’s 2013 novel of the same name. Washington Post, "8 hidden TV gems you might have missed (or forgotten about) in 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 These resistance bands that more than 58,000 Amazon reviewers swear by With more than 58,000 rave reviews on Amazon, this five-pack of Letsfit Resistance loop exercise bands are one of the most popular—and affordable—fitness items on Amazon. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "Looking to get in shape for the new year? Get this home gym equipment on sale," 25 Dec. 2020 There are plenty of rave reviews for air fryers — and many loyal fans of the devices, like Cote. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "Health and fitness gift ideas for anyone obsessed with working out," 17 Dec. 2020 This one costs less than $10, but still has rave reviews from Walmart shoppers for its fluffiness. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "15 popular throw blankets that will keep you cozy this winter," 16 Dec. 2020

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

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21 Jan 2021

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“Rave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rave. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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