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

binge, birl [chiefly Scottish], carouse, roister, wassail

Synonyms: Noun

binge, fling, frisk, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, ploy, 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The song is upbeat and catchy, a mood shift from the eerie dream Sabrina’s just woken up from, allowing us to revel in the fun parts of Sabrina’s witch life (who wouldn’t want to be able to change outfits like that?!). Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "The Best Musical Moments from "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Part 2," 9 Apr. 2019 In later decades, first daughters would be ragged on for everything from report cards to party outfits – and unlike Roosevelt, many did not revel in the sometimes-vile coverage. Meagan Flynn, The Seattle Times, "‘No part of her life should be anyone’s clickbait’: Tabloid’s Malia Obama report draws rebukes on social media," 19 Feb. 2019 Not all, however, reveled in Harris’ celebratory moment. James Freeman, WSJ, "Is Adam Schiff Satisfied with NBC News?," 11 Feb. 2019 And those people are reveling in Trump's economic renaissance. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: Resisting for all the wrong reasons," 3 Aug. 2018 Mainstream American superhero humor, though, tends to be less about deflating superhero tropes, and more about reveling in them. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 Despite reveling in juvenile humor and copious pop-culture references, Deadpool 2 is trying to be about something: kindness. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Deadpool 2 Review: It Spends Too Much Time Getting Itself Off," 19 May 2018 But that didn't stop Kimmel from reveling in the news Monday of Hannity's relationship with Cohen. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "'Hannity Insanity': Watch late night TV hosts rejoice in Cohen client revelation," 17 Apr. 2018 The act of reveling in or revolting against the absence of Mr. Giamatti or the inclusion of Mr. Allen. New York Times, "The Politics of Waxing," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

India has a populist leader happy to interfere with the central bank, China has ditched term limits to make its Communist leadership even more dictatorial than usual and the Philippine president revels in rejecting fetters on extrajudicial killing. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Investor Lessons From Turkey’s Crash to Earth," 14 Aug. 2018 Sunset Overdrive is a big, dumb, fast shooter that knows its place in the big, dumb gaming pantheon and, quite frankly, revels in it. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018 This is a club that knows its past, that revels in its traditions, ‘a grand old team to play for and a grand old team to support’, as the song goes. SI.com, "Why Everton Must Learn From Their History in Next Managerial Appointment or Be Doomed to Repeat it," 18 May 2018 In the midst of our jet lag revel, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto happened to saunter in with a delegation from Japan, including a representative of the fugu industry. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 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

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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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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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