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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

Definition of rev (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Definition of Rev (Entry 4 of 4)

1 Revelation
2 reverend

Examples of rev in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For drivers still perfecting their craft, the Mach 1 features rev-matching downshifts—purists will be happy to know it can be shut off. Nelson Ireson, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fills in a GT350-Sized Gap," 6 Apr. 2021 Listing the top DeFi assets will generate revenue for exchanges in the form of trading fees, listing fees, net interest margin (for DeFi lending products), staking rev-share, and other new product lines. Leeor Shimron, Forbes, "Coinbase, Kraken, Gemini, And Other Crypto Exchanges Must Embrace DeFi To Capture Growth," 1 Mar. 2021 Preuninger's team has listened to customers very closely, and as a result, the manual's rev-match system can be turned off entirely. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche 911 GT3 Coming Soon with 4.0L Flat-Six, Six-Speed Manual," 25 Nov. 2020 For OnePlus, Android 11 also brings a rev of its Android skin, and the headline inclusion is that after years of complaints, the company is finally adding an always-on display mode to its smartphones. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The OnePlus 8 finally gets an always-on display—oh, yeah, and Android 11," 12 Oct. 2020 Although unchanged, the Bentayga's twin-turbo V-8 is also worthy of praise for its combination of lag-free, low-rev muscle and a genuine enthusiasm to stretch all the way to its 6700-rpm limiter. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Bentley Bentayga V-8 Looks Sharper, Accelerates Harder," 11 Aug. 2020 There's no auto rev-match system, which makes the pedal position even more regrettable. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2022 Volkswagen GTI Thrives in the Modern Era," 9 Aug. 2020 The other main advantage King claims is that the Szorenyi's rev limit isn't constrained by the crankshaft bending that results from the Wankel's eccentric rotors. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 That disengaged the rev limiter and his engine spiked to 10,500 rpm. Michael Knight, azcentral, "NHRA Pro Stock racer Matt Hartford back for another shot at Arizona Nationals," 19 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gloria said Tuesday that the aid will help rev up San Diego’s economy as the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gloria details proposal for $10M in small business aid," 4 May 2021 The company is testing samples from Brazil and Hawaii for quality and safety, which may allow the factory to rev up in time for summer’s peak season. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Bay Area's only boba factory just got good news. But the shortage isn't over yet," 21 Apr. 2021 The former president can rev up his base of supporters with rally-style speeches while McConnell can assemble the campaign strategies and candidates to regain control of the Senate. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "GOP leaders diverge on Trump, putting party in limbo," 16 Apr. 2021 Over the next several weeks, the whirring of male cicadas can rev up to 100 decibels — louder than a garbage disposal or lawn mower. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, "Mother Nature’s Epic ‘Cicada-Palooza’ Is Coming Soon To 15 States," 3 Apr. 2021 To rev up the engine of romantic love, participate in physical activities or competitions. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 17, 2021: Gemini, energy levels are high; Aquarius, thoughts turn to home, family," 17 Apr. 2021 Ellagic acid seems to rev up enzymes, which destroy cancer-causing substances and slow the growth of tumors. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Berry lovers, rejoice! These nutrient-rich crepes are the breakfast of your dreams," 10 Apr. 2021 The two trials Makker is co-leading will soon test whether that hypothesis holds up in people with endometrial and some other cancers bearing a mutation in one of two genes that rev up the PI3K pathway. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Special diets might boost the power of drugs to vanquish cancers," 1 Apr. 2021 And while Nissan's commitment to CVTs may or may not waiver, in this application the engine makes enough power at low revs that there's no need for the CVT to rev the engine and hold it at an obnoxious rpm during typical modest acceleration. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2022 Infiniti QX55 Takes Shape," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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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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