\ 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

drool, effuse, enthuse, fuss, gush, rhapsodize, slobber

Synonyms: Noun

acclamation, applause, cheer, cheering, ovation, plaudit(s), réclame

Antonyms: Noun

booing, hissing

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Examples of rave in a Sentence


“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.


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

San Lazzaro degli ArmeniThere are public tours of this secluded island monastery once every afternoon, starting at 3:25 p.m. Don’t forget to hit the gift shop: Locals rave about the rose-petal jam made by the monks who live here. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Locals' Guide to Venice," 4 Sep. 2019 The killer was — see if this sounds familiar — well known to police, and well known to his neighbors as a raving lunatic who lived in a commercial shed without running water and at night fired his rifle into the darkness. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "How to Spot a Serious Gun-Crime Proposal," 3 Sep. 2019 Aquino isn’t the most talkative player, especially when he’s surrounded by reporters, but his teammates rave about his easy-going personality. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Reds' Aquino in good company after sweeping NL Player of the Month, Rookie of the Month awards," 1 Sep. 2019 Heat teammates have raved about playing alongside Bam because of his selfless approach. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Should Heat have stepped in to hold Olynyk out of World Cup?," 15 Aug. 2019 My brother, Don, had raved for days about his waterproof shoes to anyone who would listen—even pouring water on them to showcase their water-repelling capabilities. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Waterproof Shoes You Can Wear for an Entire Trip," 2 Aug. 2019 Former libertarian anarchist Stefan Molyneux is now a raving white nationalist alt-righter (and also an alleged cult leader). Lucy Steigerwald, The New Republic, "Justin Amash and the Libertarian Future," 29 July 2019 With close to 35,000 reviews and a near perfect 4.5-star rating, the Instant Pot offers the convenience and dependability that people rave about, and this one-pot device totally transforms the cooking routine of everyone who gets one. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Instant Pots finally come in different colors—and they're on sale," 8 Aug. 2019 Friday, Carly Rae Jepsen stopped by House of Blues with an exquisite performance that had Chronicle music critic Joey Guerra raving. John-henry Perera, Houston Chronicle, "Mixer, concert and linens combine to form a fun Houston weekend (August 2 - 4)," 5 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 But he's drawn rave reviews from coach Satterfield and his teammates. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "U of L running backs Dae Williams, Aidan Robbins are finally healthy, ready to contribute," 19 Aug. 2019 The Brewers invested about $60 million in the renovation and expansion of the facility, with a commitment of staying there until at least 2042, and the entire complex received rave reviews. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers open 2020 spring training on the road against the Rangers, close at home against the Cubs," 19 Aug. 2019 Thede was gratified by rave reviews after the first episode. Washington Post, "Robin Thede looks to build legacy in HBO sketch comedy show," 16 Aug. 2019 In the span of just two years, Horn, 28, has become one of jazz's brightest young stars, playing to big crowds in Europe and Asia and earning rave reviews from critics and peers alike. Dallas News, "If Dallas vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is the new star of jazz, then why is her career such a struggle?," 16 Aug. 2019 The all-Yiddish production of Fiddler was directed by Joel Grey (Cabaret) and has been earning rave reviews. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Kate McKinnon finally met Ruth Bader Ginsburg after her brilliant SNL impression," 15 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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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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