revel

verb
rev·​el | \ ˈre-vəl How to pronounce revel (audio) \
reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling\ ˈre-​və-​liŋ How to pronounce revelling (audio) , 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: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Russia has reopened from its lockdown just in time to revel in a rescheduled Victory Day parade, marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, June 24," 24 June 2020 Though Allen is widely referred for his power and feats of strength, fans and analysts don’t revel in his technique nearly enough. John Owning, Dallas News, "Favorite Dallas Cowboys of all time? John Owning breaks down his top 3, none of whom are skill position players," 19 June 2020 Some perennials, such a coneflower and yarrow, revel in bright sun from morning until night while others, such as astilbe and old-fashioned bleeding heart, do best in afternoon shade. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 of the Most Common Perennial Garden Mistakes to Avoid," 18 June 2020 Rather than investigating Trump’s conflicts of interest, congressional Republicans have seemed to revel in them. Walter M. Shaub Jr., The New York Review of Books, "Ransacking the Republic," 17 June 2020 The campaign is also advertising heavily on Washington cable TV, so that Trump can revel in the commercials even though there are no swing states within the DC media market. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Trump’s Potemkin Reelection Campaign," 16 June 2020 Trump has tried to hit back at the Lincoln Project's founders, including George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, but the group seems to revel in his tweets and verbal insults. TheWeek, "New Lincoln Project ad ruthlessly takes aim at yet another Trump soft spot: Crowd sizes," 9 June 2020 All around you, people revel in the same familiar music. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Music Synchronizes the Brains of Performers and Their Audience," 2 June 2020 There's not enough work out there that revels in the intersections. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "Matt Ortile charts a course of unlearning in The Groom Will Keep His Name," 1 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chipotle takes on the swagger of a financial dom and revels in telling you to cough up an extra $2, you little worm. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Chipotle’s New “Guac Mode” Perk Promises Random Free Guac Through 2020," 10 Feb. 2020 Each fight scene revels in largely unbroken camera shots, allowing us to marvel in Robbie pulling off a surprising number of her own martial-arts stunts. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Birds of Prey review: Margot Robbie and the fantabulous redemption of DC," 7 Feb. 2020 Instead, Eurocrats, diplomats and hangers-on revel in stereotyping that would make a 1970s sitcom writer blush. The Economist, "Charlemagne Why stereotypes rule in Brussels," 11 Jan. 2020 The story and its characters possess a mythic power, and Hurston revels in the grittiness and majesty of black culture, especially its vivid dialogue. John J. Miller, National Review, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Individualism," 5 Dec. 2019 Letter revels in bantering with the judges and is at ease in nerve-racking court sessions of hypothetical, rapid-fire questioning, said Matt Collette, who was Letter’s deputy at the Justice Department. Washington Post, "In court, he speaks for Speaker Nancy Pelosi," 25 Dec. 2019 Young and old revel in stories that inspire peace and goodwill. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 9 Dec. 2019 Yet possibly the greatest threat to his successful protection is that the celebrity and self-described troll revels in the public eye and thrives on attention. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "Hiding Tekashi 6ix9ine in witness protection would be hard, not impossible — if he actually wants the help," 29 Sep. 2019 When the Parks go away on a camping trip, the drunken revels and smashed glassware leads the Park clan to a discovery that leads to increasingly sinister and bloody doings. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s class-warfare thriller ‘Parasite’ is brilliant -- and already a massive hit: Movie review," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for revel

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The first known use of revel was in the 14th century

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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Revel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revel. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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revel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of revel

literary + old-fashioned : a noisy and wild celebration

revel

verb
rev·​el | \ ˈre-vəl How to pronounce revel (audio) \
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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