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[rev] /rɛv/ Informal.
a revolution (in an engine or the like).
verb (used with object), revved, revving.
to accelerate sharply the speed of (an engine or the like) (often followed by up).
verb (used without object), revved, revving.
(of an engine) to accelerate; become revved (often followed by up).
Verb phrases
rev up, to increase in strength or accelerate sharply:
The economy is beginning to rev up.
Origin of rev
1900-05; short for revolution Unabridged
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Examples from the web for revved
  • Their hormone levels were revved up and did not slide off as the day progressed.
  • Application of the makeup may have revved up cells' immunity and protected against infection.
  • The major oil dependent economies have a foot placed firmly on a pedal that has been locked and frozen into a revved position.
  • Diving the nose down and then pulling it up, he really revved the engines.
  • Kidney function is so revved up during pregnancy that even in high doses, amoxicillin is excreted before it can work its magic.
  • For the revved-up mainland, that's a frightening plunge.
  • He had never known this before, his mind revved up as if an accelerator were stuck.
  • They all once proudly revved their motors and gleamed in showroom windows.
  • He then started the vehicle and revved the engine as if he was going to run over officers that were positioned behind him.
  • They have revved up commodity trading with day trading strategies that further contribute to constantly changing prices.
British Dictionary definitions for revved


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



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 revved


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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