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rav·​ing ˈrā-viŋ How to pronounce raving (audio)
: irrational, incoherent, wild, or extravagant utterance or declamation
usually used in plural


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

Examples of raving in a Sentence

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Where to watch Almost Famous: Paramount+ 03 Network (1976) Network follows a fictional television network, UBS, and the producers who exploit a deranged former anchor, Howard Beale, to continue his ravings and rantings about the media for their own profit. Robert English, EW.com, 25 Nov. 2023 He was drawn to the corn by a chef friend who returned from a food fair raving about it. Fabiola Sánchez, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2023 But there are also creative ramen hacks such as lasagna and carbonara that have the internet raving. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Feb. 2023 The panel discussion that followed the film was, for the most part, an anticlimax, thanks to the fanboy ravings of the moderator, the political journalist John Heilemann, who talked more than the four Talking Heads put together. Jonathan Gould, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2023 Haley was never a serious alternative to the tiresome, white supremacist, autocratic ravings of former President Trump. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023 As for the integrity of the proceedings, are we really supposed to worry that Trump’s ravings are poisoning the jury pool . . . The Editors, National Review, 18 Oct. 2023 Fox News was nearly sued out of existence for the whoppers that aired on its network, and more recently CNN hosted a town hall with the former president in which the accompanying corrections for his ravings ran into the thousands of words. Casey Newton, The Verge, 7 June 2023 Life is too short to subject yourself to the ravings of every misguided relative, drunk friend, or semi-acquaintance. WIRED, 25 Mar. 2023
And then there’s the Freaking Laser Beam cocktail, served with a gummy shark, for more raving fans. Dallas News, 1 Mar. 2023 Following the show, fans ran to the comments section to leave their raving reviews. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 5 Jan. 2023 Yet the interior lights up like a raving party with umpteen tones of ambient LEDs in dazzling patterns while the Sky Lounge feature’s multicolor beams that strafe through the glass overhead. Ronald Ahrens, Robb Report, 28 Dec. 2022 McElhenney is from Philadelphia and a raving Philadelphia Eagles fan (is there any other kind?). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 23 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of raving was in the 14th century

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“Raving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raving. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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