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[reyv] /reɪv/
verb (used without object), raved, raving.
to talk wildly, as in delirium.
to talk or write with extravagant enthusiasm:
She raved about her trip to Europe.
(of wind, water, storms, etc.) to make a wild or furious sound; rage.
verb (used with object), raved, raving.
to utter as if in madness.
an act of raving.
an extravagantly enthusiastic appraisal or review of something.
Chiefly British Slang. a boisterous party, especially a dance.
extravagantly flattering or enthusiastic:
rave reviews of a new play.
Origin of rave1
1325-75; 1915-25 for def 2; Middle English raven (v.), probably < Middle French resver to wander, be delirious
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raver, noun
1. rant, rage, storm.


[reyv] /reɪv/
a vertical sidepiece of a wagon or other vehicle.
1520-30; alteration of dial. rathe, Middle English < ? Unabridged
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  • Sometimes I muse and rave; and walking up and down I indite and enregister these my humours, these my conceits.

  • "Let him rave," he observed enigmatically, and began to smoke.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Because I am a woman why should I kneel, and weep, and rave?

    A Lady of Quality Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • To come to rave against and abuse my dearest, dearest, faultless friend!

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • After that poor Nick began to rave again and had to be given some medicine to keep him quiet.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
British Dictionary definitions for rave


to utter (something) in a wild or incoherent manner, as when mad or delirious
(intransitive) to speak in an angry uncontrolled manner
(intransitive) (of the sea, wind, etc) to rage or roar
(intransitive; foll by over or about) (informal) to write or speak (about) with great enthusiasm
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to enjoy oneself wildly or uninhibitedly
  1. enthusiastic or extravagant praise
  2. (as modifier): a rave review
(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
(Brit, slang) a fad or fashion: the latest rave
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


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 rave

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.


"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 rave



: rave notices


  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+)


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

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

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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rave in Technology

[WPI] 1. To persist in discussing a specific subject.
2. To speak authoritatively on a subject about which one knows very little.
3. To complain to a person who is not in a position to correct the difficulty.
4. To purposely annoy another person verbally.
5. To evangelise. See flame.
6. Also used to describe a less negative form of blather, such as friendly bullshitting. "Rave" differs slightly from flame in that "rave" implies that it is the persistence or obliviousness of the person speaking that is annoying, while flame implies somewhat more strongly that the tone or content is offensive as well.
[Jargon File]

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