\ ˈrāv \
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

In fact, Amazon customers are raving about it as well. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Every Party Host Needs A Champagne Bucket Built Into Their Counter, Right?," 15 Nov. 2018 Wright’s style implements ideas from modern EDM into influences ranging from UK jungle and rave to Chicago house. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Noname, Real Friends, Sango," 27 Dec. 2017 Readers rant about driving traffic reporters, rave about PBS promotion RANT To the early-morning weekday newscast that has a reporter and driver traversing around the area telling us how traffic is flowing. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Educational, entertaining public TV," 14 Sep. 2018 Users are raving about the volume, length, and jet-black pigment of their new go-to mascara. Bella Gerard, Health.com, "The Internet Is Going Wild for Benefits's New Mascara Because of These Before-and-After Photos," 7 Feb. 2018 After actually trying them, the fib became reality, and everyone raved about the snack on camera. Taylor Rock, Fox News, "Burger King debuts crispy chicken tenders," 22 Sep. 2018 Crazy Rich Asians isn't even out yet, and Hollywood is already raving about it. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Crazy Rich Asians," 9 Aug. 2018 Before the Orioles opened their weeklong homestand Monday night against the Seattle Mariners, manager Buck Showalter raved about the progress of right-handed reliever Miguel Castro. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Reliever Miguel Castro's walks hurt Orioles in 5-3 loss to Mariners," 25 June 2018 Yelp and Facebook reviewers are raving about Houston's selection of Mediterranean, Asian and Tex Mex fusion, not to mention hot dogs that are really about the toppings. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area food trucks worth hunting down," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jennifer Aniston sold the idea for Dumplin' to Netflix and co-produced the adaptation, which is now getting rave reviews. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Netflix's New 'Dumplin'' Movie Was Actually Filmed in These Small Georgia Towns," 16 Dec. 2018 Riding in Dave’s pod is like travelling through a birth canal in which someone has thrown a rave. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "“2001: A Space Odyssey”: What It Means, and How It Was Made," 17 Apr. 2018 It's been garnering rave reviews, (including from us!), and Dewan has been showing off some of her favorite pieces on social media. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Launches Her Danskin Capsule Collection In Stores," 7 Dec. 2018 The apps carried rave reviews that were most likely written by people connected to the scam. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "iOS apps used Touch ID feature to trick users into paying hefty fees," 3 Dec. 2018 The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette launched earlier this month, and it's already racked up plenty of rave reviews on social media. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "If You Buy Only One Palette This Year, Make It This," 29 Nov. 2018 This wasn’t at a party or rave but part of a quiet exploration of the mind’s capabilities (more of a Timothy Leary experience than a Ken Kesey one, for those versed in the history of psychedelics). Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Getting high and breaking faith," 17 Oct. 2018 Three decades later, most climate scientists interviewed rave about the accuracy of Hansen’s predictions given the technology of the time. Washington Post, "James Hansen wishes he wasn’t so right about global warming," 18 June 2018 The trainers and jockeys who come here for the third weekend in May rave about the hospitality. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: Bob Baffert is still charmed by Charm City and wants Preakness to stay at Old Hilltop," 17 May 2018

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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 \
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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