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rev

[rev] /rɛv/
noun
1.
a revolution (in an engine or the like).
verb (used with object), revved, revving.
2.
to accelerate sharply the speed of (an engine or the like) (often followed by up).
verb (used without object), revved, revving.
3.
(of an engine) to accelerate; become revved (often followed by up).
Verb phrases
4.
rev up, to increase in strength or accelerate sharply:
The economy is beginning to rev up.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; short for revolution
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British Dictionary definitions for revs up

rev

/rɛv/
noun
1.
revolution per minute: the engine was doing 5000 revs
verb revs, revving, revved
2.
(often foll by up) to increase the speed of revolution of (an engine)
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Word Origin and History for revs up

rev

v.

1916, from earlier noun (1901), shortening of revolution, in reference to the internal combustion engine. Related: Revved; revving.

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Slang definitions & phrases for revs up

rev

v,v phr
  1. To speed up a motor; increase the rpms (1916+)
  2. To stir up; stimulate; enliven; JAZZ something UP: seems to think he has to really rev his prose every now and again (1956+)

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Related Abbreviations for revs up

Rev

Reverend
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