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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 uprev up the engine
b : increase used with uprev up production
2 : to drive or operate especially at high speed often used with up
3 : to make more active or effective used with uprevving up the economy
4 : to stir up : excite usually used with uprevved 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 upthe campaign revved up
3 : to become more excited especially in anticipation usually used with upthe 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 That lack of consistency is what the Magic will be hoping to shore up during the final three games of their current five-game homestand, which revs back up Wednesday night against Philadelphia. Chris Hays,, "Magic encouraged by modest scoring progress during homestand," 9 Nov. 2019 Jaroslaw Domanski, 52, of the 9100 block of Cheese Road, Darien, was charged with disorderly conduct for revving two car engines at 11:58 p.m. Oct. 26 on the 9100 block of Cheese Road. Kimberly Fornek,, "Burr Ridge police blotter: Threats reported at gas station," 8 Nov. 2019 Veterans Day isn’t the only time folks in the car business get revved up over those who have served in the Armed Services. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Auto dealers, manufacturers serve those who served," 8 Nov. 2019 To walk through that world, which is an insane engine that revs up and then explodes — it's done with such ease and grace. Alison Brower, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Morning Show': Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon on "Uncanny" Relevance in #MeToo Era and "Vampire Lives" of A.M. Anchors," 7 Nov. 2019 But Powell and colleagues found that their version of DON revved up T cells to destroy cancer cells. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Revamped cancer drug starves tumors in mice," 7 Nov. 2019 The song came closer to a boil when Chancellor revved up his bass lines. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tool channel demons — and Dwight Schrute — at intense Halloween show at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum," 1 Nov. 2019 Tuesday, a day after full production revved back up at GM's U.S. plants, the automaker reported a third-quarter pretax profit of $3 billion, down 5.9% from $3.2 billion a year earlier. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM shows profit of $3 billion in third quarter despite strike," 29 Oct. 2019 Falling mortgage have again boosted sales, while a decline in new home construction has left buyers with fewer options and revved up competition. Elliot Njus,, "Portland leads West Coast metros in rising home prices amid slowdown," 27 Aug. 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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The first known use of rev was circa 1890

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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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