rev

1 of 4

noun

1
: a revolution of a motor
2
: revolution per minute
usually used in plural

rev

2 of 4

verb

revved; revving

transitive verb

1
a
: to step up the number of revolutions per minute of
often used with up
rev up the engine
b
: increase
used with up
rev up production
2
: to drive or operate especially at high speed
often used with up
3
: to make more active or effective
used with up
revving up the economy
4
: to stir up : excite
usually used with up
revved up the kids before bedtime

intransitive verb

1
: to operate at an increased speed of revolution
usually used with up
2
: to increase in amount or activity
usually used with up
the campaign revved up
3
: to become more excited especially in anticipation
usually used with up
the partygoers were revving up

rev

3 of 4

abbreviation (1)

1
revenue
2
reverse
3
review; reviewed
4
revised; revision
5
revolution

Rev

4 of 4

abbreviation (2)

1
Revelation
2
reverend

Examples of rev in a Sentence

Verb the team was revved up by the coach's do-or-die locker room speech
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Again and again, followed by hard braking—courtesy of Wilwood—and a downshift or two after a bit of throttle blipping to rev match. Michael Van Runkle, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Will share ad rev next week ❤️ pic.twitter.com/amSSmddFht — MrBeast (@MrBeast) January 15, 2024 That may be a little more than Musk had bargained for. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2024
Verb
Audio accompanying the surveillance indicated the vehicle’s engine was revving prior to the crash, the report said. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 12 June 2024 By the time things revved back up after 10 p.m., Hart Plaza was one big soggy dance floor. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rev 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

short for revolution

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1920, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of rev was circa 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Rev.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rev. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

rev

1 of 2 noun
: a revolution of a motor

rev

2 of 2 verb
revved; revving
1
a
: to increase the revolutions per minute of (a motor)
b
: increase
used with up
rev up production
2
: to make more active or effective
used with up
needed to rev up the campaign
3
: excite sense 1
usually used with up
revved the kids up

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