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See synonyms for rev on
  1. a revolution (in an engine or the like).

verb (used with object),revved, rev·ving.
  1. to accelerate sharply the speed of (an engine or the like) (often followed by up).

verb (used without object),revved, rev·ving.
  1. (of an engine) to accelerate; become revved (often followed by up).

Verb Phrases
  1. rev up, to increase in strength or accelerate sharply: The economy is beginning to rev up.

Origin of rev

First recorded in 1900–05; short for revolution

Other definitions for rev. (2 of 3)


  1. revenue.

  2. reverse.

  1. review.

  2. reviewed.

  3. revise; revised.

  4. revision.

  5. revolution.

  6. revolving.

Other definitions for Rev. (3 of 3)


  1. Bible. Revelation.

  2. Reverend. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use rev in a sentence

  • Now the street noises assailed his ears; the grinding of gears, the revving of motors.

    This Crowded Earth | Robert Bloch
  • Definitely something else, and please go walk into one of those revving propellers, will you!

    Dave Dawson at Truk | Robert Sydney Bowen
  • It was then that Dave suddenly was conscious of the fact that there were sounds of revving aircraft engines.

  • His ears were filled with the sound of the revving aircraft engines.

  • Somewhere down the line a big plane was getting ready to take off, the pilot was checking his magnetos, revving up his engines.

    The Golden Skull | John Blaine

British Dictionary definitions for rev (1 of 3)


/ (rɛv) informal /

  1. revolution per minute: the engine was doing 5000 revs

verbrevs, revving or revved
  1. (often foll by up) to increase the speed of revolution of (an engine)

British Dictionary definitions for rev. (2 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. revenue

  2. reverse(d)

  1. review

  2. revise(d)

  3. revision

  4. revolution

  5. revolving

British Dictionary definitions for Rev. (3 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. Bible Revelation

  2. Reverend

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