\ 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 Scott’s speech grabbed rave reviews on the right – and got a thumbs-up from some influential Republicans in the two states that kick off the presidential nominating calendar. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Tim Scott's turn in the White House spotlight — and other 2024 campaign buzz," 3 May 2021 According to a press release, the third annual music festival is expanding from one to two days due to high demand and rave reviews around the festival's lineup. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Astroworld will return to Houston for third time," 30 Apr. 2021 Compatible with all cooktops, the pan is made with non-toxic materials and features a nonstick coating that reviewers rave about (even marshmallows won't stick!). Jenna Sims, Southern Living, "Internet Shoppers Love the Always Pan from Our Place and It's On Major Sale Right Now," 27 Apr. 2021 Walmart shoppers rave about the cream’s benefits, especially for removing protective styles, and add that its minty scent is an invigorating bonus. Tess Garcia, Health.com, "The 11 Best Products for Curly Hair, According to Celebrity Hairstylists," 26 Apr. 2021 Murray drew rave reviews for his postseason performance inside the NBA bubble in Florida last season. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Nuggets’ Jamal Murray tears ACL in left knee, out indefinitely," 13 Apr. 2021 The highlights that most people rave about are the open kitchen, the food, the service, and the staff's warmth. Lindsay Tigar, Travel + Leisure, "11 Female-owned Hotels Around the World With Amazing Stories," 20 Mar. 2021 The Boba Shop in Dogpatch normally uses pearls from U.S. Boba Co., and owner William Cho says customers rave about the freshness and texture. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Bay Area's only boba factory just got good news. But the shortage isn't over yet," 21 Apr. 2021 Shoppers and makeup artists cannot rave about it enough. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "This $16 Foundation Brush Has Shoppers Getting Rid of Their Bacteria-Ridden Makeup Sponges For Good," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their rave reviews and the Sequoia’s track record of supporting big-ambition founders won the day. Alex Konrad, Forbes, "Vanta Goes From Low-Profile Startup To $500 Million Valuation With $50 Million Sequoia Series A," 4 May 2021 The Bad Batch is undoubtedly the centerpiece of Star Wars Day on Disney+, and its 70-minute pilot is receiving rave reviews around the internet, but that’s not all Disney has on offer for May the Fourth. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Celebrate May the 4th with a brand new Star Wars show on Disney+," 4 May 2021 The Browns’ 2021 draft is in the books and it’s earning rave reviews. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Which Browns pick in the 2021 draft was our favorite? Orange and Brown Talk Roundtable," 3 May 2021 Some conservative commentators say the speech, Biden’s first to Congress as president, didn’t get rave reviews. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Biden's speech had an estimated 26.9 million viewers," 1 May 2021 Both authors have been the subjects of rave reviews, thoughtful interviews, and profiles. Gemma Sieff, Harper's Magazine, "Sapphires of the Instant," 27 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the convention received rave reviews for re-imaging the roll call vote and for elevating supporters, including Brayden Harrington, a 13-year-old with a stutter. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus restrictions to limit impact of Biden's first joint address to Congress," 27 Apr. 2021 But Schroder and Caldwell-Pope earned rave reviews from Lakers coach Frank Vogel after combining for 54 points. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers’ Dennis Schroder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combine for 54 in loss to Dallas," 23 Apr. 2021 Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, Kye has drawn rave reviews since launching his music career in 2013. oregonlive, "Watch and listen to Joe Kye on Oregonian Live Music," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Rave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rave. Accessed 18 May. 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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