\ ˈrev How to pronounce rev (audio) \

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 those who like to row their own, however, a six-speed manual gearbox with automatic rev-matching is also available as a no-cost option. Bradley Iger, Ars Technica, 17 July 2022 Honda has given the Civic Si a rev-matching system, previously only available on the Civic Type R, as well. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 12 May 2022 One of the notable additions to the new Si is a rev-matching system, which was previously available only on the Civic Type R. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 30 Nov. 2021 There’s also the Civic Type R’s rev-matching feature on tap. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 12 Nov. 2021 Honda is attempting to justify the Si's higher base price by including more standard equipment including a premium audio system, a rev-matching feature for the transmission, and additional drive-mode customization options. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 2 Nov. 2021 There is also a red button that engages an automatic rev-matching function for the transmission. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The event will help rev up DeSantis' reelection campaign and the state GOP's push for a red wave in November, as other candidates also will be in attendance. Editors, USA TODAY, 23 July 2022 At the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, auto fans can rev up their engines with a pro race car driver. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 5 June 2022 Storms are forecast to begin around 9 p.m. CT (10 p.m. ET) but could rev up as late as 11 p.m. CT, posing a dangerous scenario of nocturnal storms. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 Former president Donald Trump had needlessly wrecked the Iran nuclear deal, reimposing sanctions that goaded Tehran to rev up uranium enrichment and inch closer toward the unthinkable: the capacity to produce an atomic weapon. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 At about the 18-hour mark of fasting is when the benefits described above kick into gear and rev up. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 16 June 2022 Notable is the way the smooth-as-silk Lamborghini engine can rev to 7,000 rpm and allows the classic car to top 150 mph. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 6 June 2022 Surprisingly, peptides, which rev up collagen production, do show promise for aging hair. Jolene Edgar, Allure, 24 June 2022 Now, distributors want to rev up excitement on their major shows, including big theatrical plays. John Hopewell, Variety, 12 June 2022 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for rev


\ 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



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