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rev

noun \ ˈrev \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of rev

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

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Origin and Etymology of rev

short for revolution

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rev

verb

Definition of rev

revved; revving
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
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

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First Known Use of rev

1920

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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rev

abbreviation

Definition of rev

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

Rev

abbreviation

Definition of Rev

1 Revelation
2 reverend

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REV Defined for English Language Learners

rev

Definition of rev for English Language Learners

  • : a complete turn of an engine part


rev

Definition of rev for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (an engine) to run more quickly : to increase the revolutions per minute of (a motor in a vehicle)


REV Defined for Kids

rev

verb \ ˈrev \

Definition of rev for Students

revved; revving
: to increase the number of revolutions per minute of (a motor)
  • rev an engine

Rev.

abbreviation

Definition of Rev. for Students

reverend

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