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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (intransitive)


Noun rave has 2 senses

Verb rave has 3 senses


     imp. of Rive.  [1913 Webster]
raven. [Prov. E. raves, or rathes, a frame laid on a wagon, for carrying hay, etc.].
     One of the upper side pieces of the frame of a wagon body or a sleigh.  [1913 Webster]
ravev. i. [F. rêver to rave, to be delirious, to dream; perhaps fr. L. rabere to rave, rage, be mad or furious. Cf. Rage, Reverie.].
  •  To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk or act irrationally; to be wild, furious, or raging, as a madman.  [1913 Webster]
    "In our madness evermore we rave."  [1913 Webster]
    "Have I not cause to rave and beat my breast?"  [1913 Webster]
    "The mingled torrent of redcoats and tartans went raving down the valley to the gorge of Killiecrankie."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To rush wildly or furiously.  Spenser.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To talk with unreasonable enthusiasm or excessive passion or excitement; -- followed by about, of, or on; as, he raved about her beauty.  [1913 Webster]
    "The hallowed scene
    Which others rave of, though they know it not.
    "  [1913 Webster]
ravev. t. 
     To utter in madness or frenzy; to say wildly; as, to rave nonsense.  Young.  [1913 Webster]
  •  An instance of raving.  [PJC]
  •  A highly flattering or enthusiastic review of a play, book, etc.  [PJC]
  •  A clamorous dance party, especially one featuring a band or disc jockey playing loud modern rock music oriented toward young people, held in a large room such as a warehouse, often organized by an informal or ad hoc sponsor.  [PJC]


rave, v. & n.
1 intr. talk wildly or furiously in or as in delirium.
2 intr. (usu. foll. by about, of, over) speak with rapturous admiration; go into raptures.
3 tr. bring into a specified state by raving (raved himself hoarse).
4 tr. utter with ravings (raved their grief).
5 intr. (of the sea, wind, etc.) howl, roar.
6 tr. & intr. colloq. enjoy oneself freely ( esp. rave it up).
1 (usu. attrib.) colloq. a highly enthusiastic review of a film, play, etc. (a rave review).
2 sl. an infatuation.
3 (also rave-up) colloq. a lively party.
4 the sound of the wind etc. raving.

rave, n.
1 a rail of a cart.
2 (in pl.) a permanent or removable framework added to the sides of a cart to increase its capacity.

var. of dial. rathe (15th c., of unkn. orig.)



abuse, acclaim, accolade, admiration, applaud, assault, attack, babble, barbarize, bark at, bash, batter, be angry, be enthusiastic, be excitable, be insane, be livid, be pissed, bellow, berate, betongue, blacken, blast, blow a gasket, blow up, bluff, bluster, bluster and bluff, boil, bounce, bouquet, brag, browned off, brutalize, bubble over, bully, burn, butcher, carry on, carry on over, catch fire, catch the infection, caterwaul, chafe, come apart, craze, declaim, destroy, do, dote, drivel, drool, effervesce, encomium, enthuse, excite easily, execrate, explode, fad, fashion, favor, fete, fire up, flame up, flare up, flash up, flip, fret, fulminate, fulminate against, fume, gasconade, get excited, go into hysterics, go on, go on over, gush, gush over, hammer, harangue, have a conniption, have a demon, have a tantrum, hector, hit the ceiling, hosanna, howl, intimidate, jaw, last word, laud, lay waste, load with reproaches, loot, make much of, mania, maul, mouth, mug, out-herod Herod, party, perorate, pillage, pissed off, plaudits, praise, rag, rage, rail at, raise Cain, raise hell, raise the devil, raise the roof, ramble, ramp, rampage, rant, rant and rave, rape, rate, rave about, rave against, revile, rhapsodize, rhapsody, riot, roar, roister, rollick, ruin, run a temperature, run amok, run mad, sack, savage, scream, seethe, shout, simmer, sizzle, slang, slaughter, slaver, slobber, smoke, smolder, soapbox, soiree, sow chaos, splutter, sputter, stew, storm, swagger, swashbuckle, take fire, take on, take on over, tear, tear around, terrorize, testimonial, thing, throw a fit, thunder, thunder against, tongue-lash, trend, tribute, turn a hair, vandalize, vapor, vilify, violate, vituperate, vogue, wander, wingding, wreck, yell, yell at, yelp at, yowl




VB speak of, say, utter, pronounce, deliver, give utterance to, utter forth, pour forth, breathe, let fall, come out with, rap out, blurt out have on one's lips, have at the end of one's tongue, have at the tip of one's tongue, break silence, open one's lips, open one's mouth, lift one's voice, raise one's voice, give the tongue, wag the tongue, talk, outspeak, put in a word or two, hold forth, make a speech, deliver a speech, speechify, harangue, declaim, stump, flourish, recite, lecture, sermonize, discourse, be on one's legs, have one's say, say one's say, spout, rant, rave, vent one's fury, vent one's rage, expatiate, speak one's mind, go on the stump, take the stump, soliloquize, tell, speak to, talk together, be eloquent, have a tongue in one's head, have the gift of the gab, pass one's lips, escape one's lips, fall from the lips, fall from the mouth.


VB excite, affect, touch, move, impress, strike, interest, animate, inspire, impassion, smite, infect, stir the blood, fire the blood, warm the blood, set astir, wake, awake, awaken, call forth, evoke, provoke, raise up, summon up, call up, wake up, blow up, get up, light up, raise, get up the steam, rouse, arouse, stir, fire, kindle, enkindle, apply the torch, set on fire, inflame, stimulate, exsuscitate, inspirit, spirit up, stir up, work up, pique, infuse life into, give new life to, bring new blood, introduce new blood, quicken, sharpen, whet, work upon, hurry on, give a fillip, put on one's mettle, fan the fire, fan the flame, blow the coals, stir the embers, fan into a flame, foster, heat, warm, foment, raise to a fever heat, keep up, keep the pot boiling, revive, rekindle, rake up, rip up, stir the feelings, play on the feelings, come home to the feelings, touch a string, touch a chord, touch the soul, touch the heart, go to one's heart, penetrate, pierce, go through one, touch to the quick, possess the soul, pervade the soul, penetrate the soul, imbrue the soul, absorb the soul, affect the soul, disturb the soul, absorb, rivet the attention, sink into the mind, sink into the heart, prey on the mind, distract, intoxicate, overwhelm, overpower, bouleverser, upset, turn one's head, fascinate, enrapture, agitate, perturb, ruffle, fluster, shake, disturb, startle, shock, stagger, give one a shock, give one a turn, strike all of a heap, stun, astound, electrify, galvanize, petrify, irritate, sting, cut to the heart, cut to the quick, try one's temper, fool to the top of one's bent, pique, infuriate, madden, make one's blood boil, lash into fury, be excited, flush up, flare up, catch the infection, thrill, mantle, work oneself up, seethe, boil, simmer, foam, fume, flame, rage, rave, run mad.


VB be impatient, not be able to bear, bear ill, wince, chafe, champ a bit, be in a stew, be out of all patience, fidget, fuss, not have a wink of sleep, toss on one's pillow, lose one's temper, break out, burst out, fly out, go off, fly off, fly off at a tangent, fly off the handle, lose one's cool, explode, flare up, flame up, fire up, burst into a flame, take fire, fire, burn, boil, boil over, foam, fume, rage, rave, rant, tear, go wild, run wild, run mad, go into hysterics, run riot, run amuck, battre la campagne, faire le diable a quatre, play the deuce.


VB be insane, become insane, lose one's senses, lose one's reason, lose one's faculties, lose one's wits, go mad, run mad, lose one's marbles, go crazy, go bonkers, flip one's wig, flip one's lid, flip out, flip one's bush, rave, dote, ramble, wander, drivel, have a screw loose, have a devil, avoir le diable au corps, lose one's head, render mad, drive mad, madden, dementate, addle the wits, addle the brain, derange the head, infatuate, befool, turn the brain, turn one's head, drive one nuts.

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