- Rave means an enthusiastic expression.
An example of rave used as an adjective is the term "rave review" which means a review that really praises something.
- The definition of a rave is an enthusiastic review, or an all night dance party.
- An example of a rave is a newspaper review that highly praises a restaurant.
- An example of a rave is a party where people dance to techno with glow sticks.
- To rave is defined as to speak or move violently or wildly, particularly in appreciation of something.
An example of to rave is to talk with enthusiasm about how great a restaurant is.
- to talk incoherently or wildly, as in a delirious or demented state
- to talk with great or excessive enthusiasm (about)
- to rage or roar, as a storm
Origin: Middle English raven, probably from Old French raver, variant, variety of rever, resver, to roam (from source French rêver, to dream) from uncertain or unknown; perhaps re-, re- plush an unverified form esver, to roam, wander from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exvagare, for Classical Latin evagari, to roam about (from e-, for ex-, out plush vagari): see vagary
- an act or instance of raving
- a raving action or speech
- a kind of loosely organized dance party, lasting through the night, that originated in Britain in the 1980s: a rave features techno music and typically includes the use of psychedelic drugs
- ☆ Informal an extremely or excessively enthusiastic commendation: often used attributively
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verb raved raved, rav·ing, raves verb, intransitive
- To speak wildly, irrationally, or incoherently.
- To roar; rage: The storm raved along the coast.
- To speak or write with wild enthusiasm: Critics raved about the new play.
- To attend a rave.
- The act or an instance of raving.
- Informal An extravagantly enthusiastic opinion or review: The play received raves.
- An all-night dance party, especially one where techno, house, or other electronically synthesized music is played.
- Chiefly British A raucous party; a rave-up.
Origin: Middle English raven, from Old North French raver, variant of resver, to dream, wander, rave.
- ravˈer noun