- 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.
intransitive verbraved, rav′ing
- 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 of raveMiddle 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- + 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 + 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
verbraved, rav·ing, raves
- To speak wildly, irrationally, or incoherently.
- To move with great violence or intensity: 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.
- a. An all-night dance party, especially one at which techno, house, or other electronically synthesized music is played.b. Chiefly British A raucous party; a rave-up.
Origin of raveMiddle English raven from Old North French raver variant of resver to dream, wander, rave
(third-person singular simple present raves, present participle raving, simple past and past participle raved)
- To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk or act irrationally; to be wild, furious, or raging.
- To speak or write wildly or incoherently.
- To talk with unreasonable enthusiasm or excessive passion or excitement; followed by about, of, or (formerly) on.
- He raved about her beauty.
- To attend a rave (dance party).
From Old French raver, variant of resver, of uncertain origin.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
English dialect raves, or rathes (“a frame laid on a wagon, for carrying hay, etc.").