revel

verb
rev·el | \ˈre-vəl \
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling\ˈre-və-liŋ, ˈrev-liŋ \

Definition of revel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take part in a revel : carouse

2 : to take intense pleasure or satisfaction reveled in the quiet after everyone had gone

revel

noun

Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually wild party or celebration

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Synonyms for revel

Synonyms: Noun

binge, fling, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, rollick, romp, spree

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Examples of revel in a Sentence

Verb

reveling all night is not conducive to a productive next day at work

Noun

in Finland, Midsummer Day ushers in a nationwide revel as the Finns celebrate the endless hours of sunlight with bonfires and parties

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Rockets' Gerald Green revels in a deal to stay home Green averaged 12.1 points in 22.7 minutes in his 41 games with the Rockets last season. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets officially announce signing of Gerald Green," 11 July 2018 Trump, meanwhile, reveled in the results of Tuesday's primaries -- which saw a top Democratic leader ousted in an upset loss. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Trump sarcastically congratulates Maxine Waters for becoming 'unhinged FACE' of Dem Party," 28 June 2018 Trump revels in the idea that at a snap of his fingers he can get rid of a Cabinet official. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "10 headlines that will make you wonder how Scott Pruitt still has a job," 6 June 2018 Steenburgen revels in small-talk in the make-up trailer, the camaraderie of working on a series and the way the sky looks at 4:30 a.m. on the way to a set. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Mary Steenburgen knows how to coax a laugh but is equally at home with the dark side," 11 May 2018 Yamashiro Night Market revels in a sort of collision of cultures and communities. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "What to Eat, Drink, and See at Yamashiro Night Market," 30 Apr. 2018 Arizona Republic While most Americans revel in the joy of Fourth of July fireworks, their pets often have the opposite reaction. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Pets scared by Fourth of July fireworks flood animal shelters," 5 July 2018 As Amma, newcomer Scanlen turns in a scene-stealing performance, reveling in her occasional cruelty. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "It’s Hard to Watch Sharp Objects, and Even Harder to Look Away," 28 June 2018 Invisible to the crowds flocking to World Cup venues all over Russia are legions of migrant workers from Central Asia, who built the stadiums and keep them running, staff concession stands, and clean up after fans who revel through city streets. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Migrant workers got World Cup started and have kept it going," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ant-Man and the Wasp revels in wringing joy from mundane items—a giant salt shaker is a weapon in one scene, as is an inflated Hello Kitty Pez dispenser in another. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," 5 July 2018 Director-choreographer John Vaughan’s season-opening production revels in the essential goofiness of this musical that wraps nearly two dozen of the group’s tunes around a story of an island wedding and the bride-to-be’s search for her mystery dad. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Moonlight brings the fizz and fun to ABBA-centric 'Mamma Mia!'," 16 June 2018 An immigration hardliner and county official in northern Virginia, Stewart champions preserving Virginia’s Confederate monuments and revels in personal attacks on other politicians — Republican and Democrats alike. Washington Post, "Little-known Virginia Republicans vying for US Senate shot," 9 June 2018 The author, a scholar of linguistics, revels in the minutiae of spelling, grammar, and usage, and her love of our living, changing language is infectious. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 6 June 2018 If a renegade dares turn against the crowd, the crowd teams up against them, then returns to its revels. Robin Sloan, The Atlantic, "I Played Fortnite and Figured Out the Universe," 10 May 2018 The new location revels in its place on the map, offering up stunning views of the downtown Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay from the open-air top floors. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Miami-Dade County: A new science center," 6 May 2018 Autumn especially lends itself perfectly to the colorful revels of El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which occurs this year from October 31 to November 2. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Learn about Mexican culture with these family-friendly Day of the Dead celebrations," 10 Oct. 2017 The Art Basel bacchanal returns to Miami Beach this winter, packed with enough fairs, dinners, and late-night revels to exhaust even the most ambitious gallery girl. Emily Cronin, Harper's BAZAAR, "BAZAAR Goes to Art Basel," 26 Nov. 2013

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First Known Use of revel

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revel

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French reveler, literally, to rebel, from Latin rebellare

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More Definitions for revel

revel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of revel

: a noisy and wild celebration

revel

verb
rev·el | \ˈre-vəl \
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling

Kids Definition of revel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take great pleasure He reveled in his success.

revel

noun

Kids Definition of revel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a noisy or merry celebration

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