1 [reyv]
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.

1325–75; 1915–25 for def 2; Middle English raven (v.), probably < Middle French resver to wander, be delirious

raver, noun

1. rant, rage, storm.
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2 [reyv]
a vertical sidepiece of a wagon or other vehicle.

1520–30; alteration of dial. rathe, Middle English < ?

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rave1 (reɪv)
1.  to utter (something) in a wild or incoherent manner, as when mad or delirious
2.  (intr) to speak in an angry uncontrolled manner
3.  (intr) (of the sea, wind, etc) to rage or roar
4.  informal (intr; foll by over or about) to write or speak (about) with great enthusiasm
5.  slang (Brit) (intr) to enjoy oneself wildly or uninhibitedly
6.  informal
 a.  enthusiastic or extravagant praise
 b.  (as modifier): a rave review
7.  slang (Brit)
 a.  Also called: rave-up a party
 b.  a professionally organized party for young people, with electronic dance music, sometimes held in a field or disused building
8.  slang (Brit) 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
[C14 raven, apparently from Old French resver to wander]

rave2 (reɪv)
a vertical sidepiece on a wagon
[C16: modification of dialect rathe, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to show signs of madness or delirium," from O.Fr. raver, variant of resver "to dream, wander, rave," of unknown origin (see 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 Scand. word (cf. Icelandic rafa). Sense of "talk enthusiastically about" first recorded 1704. Noun meaning "rowdy party" is from 1960, though 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. Raver, from this sense, is first recorded 1991.
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rave definition

[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.
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Idioms & Phrases


see rant and rave; stark raving mad.

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Example sentences
Having some headhunter call and rave about your visit is cheap talk.
He turned to photography as an outlet, and during an army break attended his
  first rave.
But going to a rave could imperil your eternal life.
It received rave reviews from the community at large.
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