\ 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

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 Then again, Hudson’s teammates and coaches rave about his communication skills. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 11 Nov. 2021 That has led many fans to rave about spectacular shows and others to decry what were, to put it charitably, difficult outings. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 6 Nov. 2021 When the pack dipped into the chambers of Germany’s Zollverein Coal Mine, strobe lights pulsated along the low ceiling, momentarily turning the event from race to rave. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Nov. 2021 The vacuum has earned more than 2,500 five-star ratings on Amazon, and customers rave that the ″lifesaver″ vacuum is quiet, yet powerful enough to take on everyday messes. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 26 Oct. 2021 With some adjustments to the cast (Adrian Lester has replaced Ben Miles), the show has finally opened—to rave reviews. Sarah Crompton, Vogue, 15 Oct. 2021 Bryan repeatedly comes home to rave about managers Dimitri, Alvin, Chris or Anthony and co-workers Loretta, Elizabeth, Nancy or Keith, just to name a few. Tracy Parent, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Oct. 2021 The Star Wars spinoff series returned to rave reviews in 2020 for its second season as well, dominating the streaming charts once again. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 29 Sep. 2021 Thankfully, all of your favorite brands are offering awesome kits that will get rave reviews from the folks on your gift list. Marci Robin, Allure, 18 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Although it's known best for its innovative flossing technology, Waterpik has also received rave reviews on its sonic toothbrush after users purchased this set. Chloe Irving, Health.com, 24 Nov. 2021 As the Wolverines speed toward their showdown with Ohio State, the defense has drawn rave reviews. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov. 2021 The film has received rave reviews, with Stewart earning praise for her performance as the lead. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Debuting this past weekend, League of Legends animated series Arcane has already gotten rave reviews from viewers, and the show has entered the overall Netflix top 10 list at #9. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Rihanna's industry-disrupting foundation — which launched in 40 shades and is now available in 50 — has earned rave reviews for its moderate to full coverage and satin-y matte finish that looks like an IRL filter. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, 5 Nov. 2021 In 2020 Lawson won the Hugo Boss Prize, which brought her a show at the Guggenheim Museum and a bushel of rave reviews. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, 2 Nov. 2021 Rocco and Roxie's pet stain and odor eliminator spray is another discovery that received rave reviews from the actress. Jessica Leigh Mattern, PEOPLE.com, 31 Oct. 2021 Steele is getting rave reviews after an offseason dedicated to getting stronger. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 31 Oct. 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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“Rave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rave. Accessed 2 Dec. 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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