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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 While nothing beats a real life DJ set at a concert or music festival, Steve Aoki has learned the art of digital raving. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Steve Aoki Says His Virtual SHEIN Together-Fest Performance Will Still Have a Cake," 30 Apr. 2021 But there are also creative ramen hacks such as lasagna and carbonara that have the internet raving. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Ramen Noodle Hack Transforms the Instant Soup Into a Delicious Meal," 14 Apr. 2021 Thus the author grew up in a Normal Rockwell painting, but with Father Coughlin just out of frame, raving. Los Angeles Times, "If ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ leaves you hating its subject, thank Blake Bailey," 2 Apr. 2021 Morris added a 14-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Cole Kostbade in the second half, providing another dimension to the Wheeler offense that had Hudak raving. Dave Melton, chicagotribune.com, "Trey Gibson rushes for 230 yards and two touchdowns and adds two defensive TDs as Wheeler rolls past Griffith despite short bench," 16 Oct. 2020 Bickerstaff wasn’t the only one raving about that chat. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine, Kid Cudi, Michael Strahan and group of NBA champions: Inside J.B. Bickerstaff’s lauded guest-speaker series," 6 Oct. 2020 Adele isn't the only one raving about Doyle's latest book. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Adele credits 'Untamed' book in leading her to happiness: 'This book will shake your brain'," 17 Aug. 2020 Holtz has always been a wild card, so some raving from him isn’t exactly surprising. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "I'm not rooting against college football. I'm rooting against COVID-19," 12 Aug. 2020 Still, the media is just as desperate today for a Republican who can pass as reasonable and can say the most outlandish partisan claptrap on cable without raving or barking. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Hugh Hewitt Has Always Been a Hack," 4 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Robert Gehrke: Once again, inland port leaders are proving they don’t want to consider public concerns," 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, "NBC Did Joe Biden a Big Favor," 15 Oct. 2020

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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 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of raving

: talking or acting in a crazy way
: very great

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