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[reyv] /reɪv/
verb (used without object), raved, raving.
1.
to talk wildly, as in delirium.
2.
to talk or write with extravagant enthusiasm:
She raved about her trip to Europe.
3.
(of wind, water, storms, etc.) to make a wild or furious sound; rage.
verb (used with object), raved, raving.
4.
to utter as if in madness.
noun
5.
an act of raving.
6.
an extravagantly enthusiastic appraisal or review of something.
7.
Chiefly British Slang. a boisterous party, especially a dance.
adjective
8.
extravagantly flattering or enthusiastic:
rave reviews of a new play.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; 1915-25 for def 2; Middle English raven (v.), probably < Middle French resver to wander, be delirious
Related forms
raver, noun
Synonyms
1. rant, rage, storm.
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Examples from the web for raved
  • Most raved about it and referred other students in by the handfuls.
  • They raved about him and the others involved and the importance of the programs to their education.
  • Your advisor raved about your work and professionalism.
  • They raved about how great this dog is and they were right.
  • Those who had raved about him being a wunderkind have seen no brilliance.
  • Some had lost eyes, others cried aloud for their mangled limbs to be cut off, others again raved in malarial fever.
  • It would not have raved about inflation in these countries.
  • According to him, she ranted and raved to him on the phone.
  • The restaurant's lobster bisque and braised short ribs are also wildly raved about by diners.
  • Concert-goers raved about the group's performances of both jazz standards and new compositions.
British Dictionary definitions for raved

rave1

/reɪv/
verb
1.
to utter (something) in a wild or incoherent manner, as when mad or delirious
2.
(intransitive) to speak in an angry uncontrolled manner
3.
(intransitive) (of the sea, wind, etc) to rage or roar
4.
(intransitive; foll by over or about) (informal) to write or speak (about) with great enthusiasm
5.
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to enjoy oneself wildly or uninhibitedly
noun
6.
(informal)
  1. enthusiastic or extravagant praise
  2. (as modifier): a rave review
7.
(Brit, slang)
  1. Also called rave-up. a party
  2. a professionally organized party for young people, with electronic dance music, sometimes held in a field or disused building
8.
(Brit, slang) a fad or fashion: the latest rave
9.
a name given to various types of dance music, such as techno, that feature fast electronic rhythm
Word Origin
C14 raven, apparently from Old French resver to wander

rave2

/reɪv/
noun
1.
a vertical sidepiece on a wagon
Word Origin
C16: modification of dialect rathe, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for raved

rave

v.

early 14c., "to show signs of madness or delirium," from Old French raver, variant of resver "to dream; wander here and there, prowl; behave madly, be crazy," of unknown origin (cf. reverie). The identical (in form) verb meaning "to wander, stray, rove" first appeared c.1300 in Scottish and northern dialect, and is probably from an unrelated Scandinavian word (cf. Icelandic rafa). Sense of "talk enthusiastically about" first recorded 1704. Related: Raved; raving.

n.

"act of raving," 1590s, from rave (v.). Meaning "temporary popular enthusiasm" is from 1902; that of "highly flattering review" is from 1926. Sense of "rowdy party" is from 1960; rave-up was British slang for "wild party" from 1940; specific modern sense of "mass party with loud, fast electronic music and often psychedelic drugs" is from 1989.

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Slang definitions & phrases for raved

rave

modifier

: rave notices

noun
  1. : The critics gave it a rave (1926+)
  2. : Organized on the fly (sometimes y electroni mail) and often held in warehouses, raves are huge, nomadic dance parties that tend to last all night, or until the police show up/ all-night, Ecstasy-fueled parties known as raves/ Rave head dictates nonviolent fashion and dancing spasmodically to very fast ''techno'' music (1990s+)
verb

To commend or applaud enthusiastically: He's raving over this new book (1816+)

Related Terms

fave

[rave meant ''party'' in British slang by 1960]


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