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Definition of rev

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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


revved; revving

Definition of rev (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : 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

Definition of rev (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Definition of Rev (Entry 4 of 4)

1 Revelation
2 reverend

Examples of rev in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is also a red button that engages an automatic rev-matching function for the transmission. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2021 For drivers still perfecting their craft, the Mach 1 features rev-matching downshifts—purists will be happy to know it can be shut off. Nelson Ireson, Car and Driver, 6 Apr. 2021 Listing the top DeFi assets will generate revenue for exchanges in the form of trading fees, listing fees, net interest margin (for DeFi lending products), staking rev-share, and other new product lines. Leeor Shimron, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Preuninger's team has listened to customers very closely, and as a result, the manual's rev-match system can be turned off entirely. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 25 Nov. 2020 For OnePlus, Android 11 also brings a rev of its Android skin, and the headline inclusion is that after years of complaints, the company is finally adding an always-on display mode to its smartphones. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 12 Oct. 2020 Although unchanged, the Bentayga's twin-turbo V-8 is also worthy of praise for its combination of lag-free, low-rev muscle and a genuine enthusiasm to stretch all the way to its 6700-rpm limiter. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2020 There's no auto rev-match system, which makes the pedal position even more regrettable. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2020 The other main advantage King claims is that the Szorenyi's rev limit isn't constrained by the crankshaft bending that results from the Wankel's eccentric rotors. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, 18 Jan. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The reopening news is being lauded by the travel industry, with many expecting the relaxed restrictions to rev up leisure tourism. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Oct. 2021 The Michigan State Fair, which kicked off Thursday, will rev up at 10 a.m. each day through Monday at Novi’s Suburban Collection Showcase, featuring live music, family fun and the traditional agriculture and livestock exhibitions. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 4 Sep. 2021 There were 15 Asian artisans with booths set up on Sutter Street and 27 muscle cars waiting around the corner to rev their engines at the end of the ceremony. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Aug. 2021 He is widely known for his nickname, the Junkyard Dog, a reflection of his high-energy motor, which often will help rev up his teammates. Kamryn Walker, The Arizona Republic, 10 Aug. 2021 For this population, a booster shot could help rev up that inadequate initial immune response. Sarah Jacob, SELF, 13 Aug. 2021 Many companies’ plans to rev up this summer before a broader fall reopening have seemed less certain in recent days amid a surge of the delta variant of the coronavirus. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 Thanks to the duo, the car produces a staggering 1,160 horses combined, 664 ft lbs of twist and can rev at 10,500 rpm. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 23 June 2021 It’s been widely reported that the high-performance variant will be fitted with a brawny 5.5-liter DOHC flat-plane crank V-8 engine that can rev up to 9,000 rpm and produce 617 hp. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of rev


circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for rev


short for revolution

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English Language Learners Definition of rev

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a complete turn of an engine part : revolution



English Language Learners Definition of rev (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈrev How to pronounce rev (audio) \
revved; revving

Kids Definition of rev

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



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