\ 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 actress herself posted a selfie in one of the unisex tees that reviewers rave are breathable, lightweight, and comfortable all at the same time. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "Where to buy ‘vote’ merch, as seen on Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama, and more," 19 Oct. 2020 And while players may rave about the steam rooms, hot and cold tubs and spacious clubhouses, those are merely amenities. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Reviews are in for Globe Life Field as neutral playoff site: It’s nice, but mostly it’s just big," 9 Oct. 2020 Online buyers rave that these are comfy without having to be broken in much. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "13 Best Hiking Boots for Women, According to Footwear Pros," 7 Oct. 2020 Eddie said his and Julie’s visit surpassed their expectations even after hearing Chance and his father rave about their Arkansas trip. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, "Chance Moore's mother wowed by Northwest Arkansas," 30 Sep. 2020 Coaches, teammates and members of the front office rave about Porter. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Will Kevin Porter Jr. be a starter for Cleveland Cavaliers this coming season? Hey, Chris!," 21 Sep. 2020 Brogan did not rant and rave at halftime, and his team still turned it around. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Cass Tech's win over Detroit King fueled by embarrassing loss in 2019," 20 Sep. 2020 This cruelty-free and vegan concealer has generated nearly 1,900 reviews on Amazon, where customers rave that the product works as well as Tarte’s infamous Shape Tape Concealer ($27; tartecosmetics.com or ulta.com). Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "15 Amazon beauty products more affordable than their cult-favorite counterparts," 31 Aug. 2020 Bonobos sells shirts with fun prints, pants that reviewers rave about, and even face masks (which match the shirts). Josh Grant, USA TODAY, "8 brands you didn't know Walmart owned," 25 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The coach said Murray was already drawing rave reviews by his freshman year of high school and lived up to the hype, especially during big moments at AT&T Stadium. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Texas showcase: Cards' Kingsbury, Murray return home for MNF," 18 Oct. 2020 For men, the Ascot slipper continues to be a top seller, with over 3,600 rave reviews on Amazon. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "15 gifts you should buy now to get ahead of holiday shopping," 16 Oct. 2020 The Brooklinen best-seller Luxe Sateen Sheet set is a top Lab performer with rave reviews from testers and editors. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "These Luxury Brooklinen Sheets Are Actually Worth the Hype," 14 Oct. 2020 Though it's only been available to stream for a few hours, the rave reviews for The Haunting of Bly Manor are rolling in from fans and critics alike, leaving true horror junkies already clamoring for another season of the series. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "Will Netflix's 'The Haunting...' Get a Season 3?," 9 Oct. 2020 And, to add to that aforementioned realness, each of the popular goods ahead features an IRL picture that accompanies its brimming pool of rave customer reviews. Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, "The 29 REAL Most Wanted Scores From The Biggest Home Sale Of The Year," 23 Sep. 2020 Motivational Water Bottle has not only earned rave reviews from thousands of Amazon shoppers, but also from the queen of the kitchen herself (ahem, Teigen). Eva Thomas, PEOPLE.com, "Chrissy Teigen Uses This Genius Bottle That’ll Actually Motivate You to Drink More Water," 22 Sep. 2020 And this is one of the best, as evidenced by some of the rave reviews on Amazon. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Best Water Softeners to Tame the Hardest H2O," 14 Sep. 2020 There was a dazzling new $5 billion stadium in Los Angeles getting rave reviews in prime time Sunday night. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Sample size is small but NFL wins week No. 1," 15 Sep. 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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23 Oct 2020

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“Rave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rave. Accessed 24 Oct. 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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