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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


abbreviation (1)

Definition of rev (Entry 3 of 4)

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


abbreviation (2)

Definition of Rev (Entry 4 of 4)

1 Revelation
2 reverend

Examples of rev in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The rev-matching is nice if a rider is caught out on a late-corner downshift. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 KTM 790 Duke: a lightweight, midsize rocket of a bike," 25 Aug. 2019 The capcom woke Buzz Aldrin one rev early to do a rendezvous radar check. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 18 July 2019 Yet the young men wear new American sports gear and rev shiny dirt bikes. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019 That makes sense, as this natural chemical has been shown to curb appetite and rev metabolism. Cynthia Sass, Rd,, "Can the Satiating Diet Help You Lose Weight? Here's What a Nutritionist Thinks," 10 June 2019 One other note from the audio department: Lightweight Inconel exhaust manifolds supplant the GTB’s tubular headers, and the resulting high-rev resonances are brighter and louder, up to 8 dB in the Pista’s cabin, says Ferrari. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 The dual-overhead-cam engine is a rev-willing VTEC design that produces its peak 272 horsepower at 6500 rpm, down slightly from the previous car’s 279-horse V-6. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2019 Acura RDX Crossover: Return of the Turbocharged Four," 29 Mar. 2018 First, these will be the last Corvettes with a manual transmission—a trick seven-speeder with a rev-matching function for downshifting. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 Any true health fiend knows, though, that the wind-down is just as important as the rev-up. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 11 Best Gifts for the Wellness Warrior in Your Life," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bikers, rev your engines for this year's Lone Star Rally in Galveston, Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "2019's best fall festivals around Texas," 3 Sep. 2019 With a spicy, fresh salsa alongside, you’ll be revved up for the day. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "10 recipes to keep your Meatless Mondays full and creative," 19 Aug. 2019 Ford v Ferrari’ The Toronto world premiere of James Mangold’s 1960s-set racing drama (in theaters Nov. 15) revved up the crowd, receiving a rapturous response, so best picture seems likely. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Oscar watch! These 6 movies are already the talk of awards season," 14 Aug. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Porsche is VW’s high-revving engine. The Economist, "Porsche is small but highly lucrative," 12 Sep. 2019 Look at Hobbs & Shaw—then continue looking at it, for 135 testosterone-soaking, engine-revving minutes. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Rise of the Super Sequel! As ‘It: Chapter Two’ Hits Theaters, Why Are Blockbusters Getting So Long?," 6 Sep. 2019 Public Intoxication: On Aug. 27, a 38-year-old was reported to be revving the engine on his motorcycle and then stumbling around the parking lot in the 200 block of Union Avenue. Jake Richardson, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of Aug. 26," 5 Sep. 2019 Officers had responded to a complaint about a man who was revving his truck engine and jumping up and down outside the vehicle. Michael Casey, Anchorage Daily News, "Pickup driver charged with 7 homicides in New Hampshire collision with motorcycles," 24 June 2019 But instead of dying down, the ‘80s revival only seems to be revving up to more extreme heights, with shoulder pads becoming more prominent and puffed party dresses turning into daywear. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Wear the ‘80s Trend Without Looking Too Extra," 20 May 2019

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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)

informal : a complete turn of an engine part



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

Kids Definition of Rev.


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