verb (used with object), revved, rev·ving.
verb (used without object), revved, rev·ving.
- reuther, walter philip,
- rev counter,
- rev up,
- rev. stat.
Origin of rev
verb revs, revving or revved
1916, from earlier noun (1901), shortening of revolution, in reference to the internal combustion engine. Related: Revved; revving.
Increase the speed or rate of, enliven, stimulate, as in Bill revved up the motor, or They looked for ways to rev up the ad campaign. The verb rev is an abbreviation for revolution, alluding to the rate of rotation of an engine. The idiom dates from about 1920 and has been used figuratively since the mid-1900s.