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Definition of raving

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: irrational, incoherent, wild, or extravagant utterance or declamation usually used in plural



Definition of raving (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : talking wildly or irrationally a raving lunatic
2 : ravishing a raving beauty

Examples of raving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After years of bummer vibes and trap beats ruling pop, 2022 is shaping up to be the year in which stadium-tier musicians get really into raving. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 28 July 2022 For every one of the customers who hate it, there’s another raving about it. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Apr. 2022 There have been many top shooters who came to Fairfax High and left raving. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 More than 25,000 Amazon shoppers left the masks a five-star rating on the site, with many raving over the soft, comfortable texture and great value. Chelsey Hamilton, Health.com, 16 Feb. 2022 Armchair psychologists on Twitter quickly made their instant diagnoses, ranging from stark raving mad to bipolar. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 3 Jan. 2022 Which brings me back to Washington, whose trajectory from weary, diffident soldier to raving, self-immolating maniac is astonishing to behold. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 Only rhinos, monster raving looneys, and higher education leaders might think otherwise. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Created in a hotel room in Miami, the new range of looks (featuring new prints and corset shapes) celebrates the return of normality post pandemic and are perfect for hitting the clubs or raving in. Angela Lei, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Unbeknownst that the emerging artist was working amongst them, the raving crowd of partygoers danced in excitement as the DJ shouted her out. Walaa Elsiddig, Billboard, 13 July 2022 In the video, De Laurentiis mixed up the drink, which mixes balsamic vinegar and sparkling water, and gave a raving review. Antonia Debianchi, PEOPLE.com, 16 June 2022 One-off tweets are still a lot of fun, but building a community of raving fans is where Twitter really shines. Evan William Kirstel, Forbes, 17 May 2022 The album was released in May 2020 and received raving reviews, and has been streamed 1 Billion times globally to date. Izzy Colón, SPIN, 30 Mar. 2022 Make no bones about it, the raving flames of NFT have given the fashion world a burning desire for blockchain technology. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The two who were unceremoniously jettisoned — Westpointe Community Council Board Chairwoman Dorothy Owen and former Westside Coalition leader Richard Holman — were not some raving anti-port firebrands. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Mar. 2021 By scheduling a dueling town hall, the former vice president got the perfect contrast with a raving Donald Trump. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 15 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of raving


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Raving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raving. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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