- 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.
- 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.
Origin of rave1
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- a vertical sidepiece of a wagon or other vehicle.
Origin of rave2
Examples from the Web for rave
But although the movie has gathered awards and some rave reviews I, for one, never felt I was close to seeing this happen.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
Their sixth movie, Fargo, had come out to rave reviews and good box office that March.The Stacks: The Day ‘The Big Lebowski’ Came to Life
July 26, 2014
He was, in his day, one of the great totems of Manchester's 'Madchester' rave scene.Bez To Stand For Parliament
March 15, 2014
Apologies, of course, if you have done cocaine at a Williamsburg rave while wearing a mesh tanktop recently.HBO’s ‘Looking,’ Gays, and Sex: Are We All Expecting Too Much?
January 17, 2014
Hawke may be best known for movies, including Before Midnight which opened this summer to rave reviews.Ethan Hawke On His Murderous, Seductive Turn as Macbeth
November 23, 2013
"Let him rave," he observed enigmatically, and began to smoke.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
To come to rave against and abuse my dearest, dearest, faultless friend!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
I've got you this opportunity, and you do nothing but rave up and down, and talk nonsense!Joy (First Series Plays)
The patient had ceased to rave and was lying quiet on the bed.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
The men all rave of her, so that we are half jealous already.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
- to utter (something) in a wild or incoherent manner, as when mad or delirious
- (intr) to speak in an angry uncontrolled manner
- (intr) (of the sea, wind, etc) to rage or roar
- (intr ; foll by over or about) informal to write or speak (about) with great enthusiasm
- (intr) British slang to enjoy oneself wildly or uninhibitedly
- enthusiastic or extravagant praise
- (as modifier)a rave review
- British slang
- Also called: rave-upa party
- a professionally organized party for young people, with electronic dance music, sometimes held in a field or disused building
- British slang a fad or fashionthe latest rave
- a name given to various types of dance music, such as techno, that feature fast electronic rhythm
- a vertical sidepiece on a wagon
Word Origin and History for rave
early 14c., "to show signs of madness or delirium," from Old French raver, variant of resver "to dream; wander here and there, prowl; behave madly, be crazy," of unknown origin (cf. 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 Scandinavian word (cf. Icelandic rafa). Sense of "talk enthusiastically about" first recorded 1704. Related: Raved; raving.
"act of raving," 1590s, from rave (v.). Meaning "temporary popular enthusiasm" is from 1902; that of "highly flattering review" is from 1926. Sense of "rowdy party" is from 1960; 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.