Main definitions of rave in English

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rave1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Talk incoherently, as if one were delirious or mad.

    ‘Nancy's having hysterics and raving about a ghost’
    • ‘He began to rave again, bellowing incoherencies and profanities at the top of his lungs.’
    • ‘When he succeeded in waking us up, we had been completely incoherent, raving about caves and pigeons and dark unspeakable evil.’
    • ‘Your cackles filling the room, you just sat there laughing and raving like a lunatic.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister raved incoherently: ‘I see myself as the big fat spider in the corner of the room.’’
    • ‘Daron was off his nut all night, ranting and raving with little coherency.’
    • ‘And good old Prince is still raving about freedom and spirituality, God bless him.’
    • ‘The Pythia would rave and babble incoherently.’
    • ‘Damn it I must seem like I'm raving like a lunatic about the red menace.’
    • ‘Her eyes were still fixed on Mr. Stevens who was babbling and raving in some type of speech Alexander had never heard before.’
    • ‘Frankenstein lapsed into a delirious fever for several months, ranting and raving about killing the monster.’
    talk wildly, babble, jabber, ramble, maunder
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    1. 1.1 Address someone in an angry, uncontrolled way.
      with direct speech ‘‘Never mind how he feels!’ Melissa raved’
      • ‘Why are people ranting and raving over the costs of their hydro bills while going out and leaving all the lights on?’
      • ‘People were saying he'd come in and be ranting and raving, but he's not like that.’
      • ‘Performers with problems will be ranting and raving about them at the next Coco Café - even more than usual.’
      • ‘He was then standing in the street ranting and raving and my dad asked him to move out the way, and the guy said he would be back.’
      • ‘This is a cellphone message left by the guy where he starts ranting and raving.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Bush ranted and raved like an angry lunatic throughout the second debate.’
      • ‘She was ranting and raving and stamping her feet like a child.’
      • ‘Ann Coulter doesn't go on television ranting and raving like the liberals do.’
      • ‘His performance is deeply moving, but also crackles with his trademark ranting and raving.’
      • ‘A couple who left behind me were still raving about him when we reached the car park.’
      • ‘Sure, the lyrics are angry, bitter, raving, mad, obscene, and a 1000 other adjectives, but they don't change my opinion.’
      • ‘Mr Welling said: ‘The defendant telephoned her and he was abusive, ranting and raving.’’
      • ‘In between ranting and raving I watch football.’
      • ‘So, we would fight all the way to church, ranting and raving, screaming and yelling.’
      • ‘As any manager of a boys' team will tell you, ranting and raving on the touchline is of limited motivational value.’
      • ‘But I got into work today to find a certain colleague ranting and raving about it.’
      • ‘Smith then started ranting and raving and making insulting remarks about Mrs Pickup's son.’
      • ‘There's no point ranting and raving or going crying to the manager.’
      • ‘Jock blew his top, he went absolutely ballistic, ranting and raving.’
      • ‘Stop the media's ranting and raving about 6,000 or even 7,000 dead, many of whom never died at all.’
      rant, rant and rave, rage, explode in anger, lose one's temper, be beside oneself, storm, fulminate, deliver a harangue, deliver a tirade, go into a frenzy, lose control
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  • 2Speak or write about someone or something with great enthusiasm or admiration.

    ‘New York's critics raved about the acting’
    • ‘Salthouse had the critics raving about their last album ‘Dream by Day’.’
    • ‘Scouts rave about the Cubs' abundance of young pitching - and with good reason.’
    • ‘Coaches rave about Miller's hands, as he excels at getting open over the middle.’
    • ‘Scouts rave about your raw power, but you've also piled up a lot of strikeouts.’
    • ‘With fans and reviewers raving, why is he so terrified by every new role?’
    • ‘I have purchased several copies for songwriting friends and they have all raved about it.’
    • ‘"My eyes looked more radiant instantly, " raved one tester.’
    • ‘I wish I could rave as enthusiastically about the audio department.’
    • ‘Many critics raved about the bust but others found it ghoulish and disgusting.’
    • ‘Their daughter Jill lives here with her husband Neil and was always raving about the place.’
    • ‘A close-up on the 56-year old Magande reveals much more than what some armchair critics and sceptics may be raving about.’
    • ‘What's more, it's not just the audiences who love the show - critics have found plenty to rave about too.’
    • ‘I ordered the Quattro panini as did Molly and Patty and we all raved.’
    • ‘Players and coaches raved about what a wonderful place it was to work.’
    • ‘Dayne showed off the quick feet scouts have been raving about since he was drafted.’
    • ‘Critics, TV executives and its devoted audience raved about the show, making it seem more influential in Britain than perhaps it really was.’
    • ‘Sure, they got awards, but critics were also raving over junk.’
    • ‘That said, nearly all the guests I spoke to raved about their excursions, claiming they were the highlight of their holiday.’
    • ‘Critics are already raving about the new Channel Four programme ‘Shameless’, which hits the screen tonight.’
    • ‘After a few years, I yielded to the pressure of fellow critics who couldn't understand why I wasn't raving about the film.’
    praise enthusiastically, go into raptures about, go into raptures over, wax lyrical about, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, heap praise on, rhapsodize over, enthuse about, enthuse over, gush about, gush over, throw bouquets at, express delight over, acclaim, eulogize, extol
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  • 3informal Attend a rave party.

    ‘they used to rave together—then they started working together’
    • ‘Beat it out and we pulse together, it's a wonder we don't rave daily.’
    • ‘Viewers watch aliens rave at a dance party, float off into space while fireworks explode, and witness a fiery kaleidoscope descending from overhead.’
    • ‘We remember one party near Jerusalem, thousands of people were raving like hell inside an ancient cave.’

noun

informal
  • 1usually as modifier An extremely enthusiastic recommendation or appraisal.

    ‘their tour received rave reviews’
    • ‘One of its new PCs with easy-to-use Internet telephone service has won raves from reviewers.’
    • ‘Liam Neeson stars in " Kinsey " which opens in Ireland to rave reviews.’
    • ‘His foam/mesh trucker hat even drew raves from adoring female fans.’
    • ‘The Merchant of Venice opened at the American Theater on May 24, 1903, and rave notices showered down.’
    • ‘Accordingly, it received rave reviews and a loyal following among the press corps.’
    • ‘On April 23, Richard Lair conducted an orchestra of 12 elephants to rave reviews.’
    • ‘The film is receiving rave reviews for its blunt honesty and nutty characters.’
    • ‘Peppers drew raves from everywhere because of his combination of speed and strength.’
    • ‘Despite the occasional bug, Google's new Gmail feature is drawing raves.’
    • ‘And though his realistic and hard-hitting film has won some rave reviews, Tigmanshu is certainly not resting on his laurels.’
    • ‘All the rave reviews in the world couldn't turn Pavement into pop stars - maybe it's because they couldn't dance.’
    • ‘It is listed on the Australian and US stock markets and has won rave reviews for its financial performances.’
    • ‘Both Jodi's album and her live shows have been winning her rave reviews.’
    • ‘Performing at the Cotton Club, the girls won rave reviews from critics.’
    • ‘I know this film received rave reviews when it was reissued a couple of years ago.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was significant that the rave reviews on the back cover were all written by women.’
    • ‘He read it on the plane, and in London saw the rave reviews that the media was giving to the book.’
    • ‘Dickerson's quickness is drawing raves from opposing coaches and players.’
    • ‘Ever since its release in the US, the film has been getting rave reviews from several quarters in Hollywood.’
    • ‘Her physique drew raves from the audience, which included a strong following for her.’
    enthusiastic praise, lavish praise, a rapturous reception, tribute, plaudits, encomiums, bouquets
    very enthusiastic, rapturous, glowing, ecstatic, full of praise, rhapsodic, laudatory, eulogistic, panegyrical, excellent, highly favourable
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    1. 1.1 A person or thing that inspires intense and widely shared enthusiasm.
      ‘last year's fave raves are back for a live performance’
      • ‘Our fave rave vampire doesn't make an appearance until rather late in the game.’
    2. 1.2British dated A passionate and usually transitory infatuation.
      ‘they are like little girls of eleven—they have raves’
  • 2A lively party involving dancing and drinking.

    ‘their annual fancy-dress rave’
    1. 2.1 A very large party or similar event with dancing to loud, fast electronic music.
      as modifier ‘rave culture’
      • ‘In 1999 I went to my first underground garage rave.’
      • ‘The streets were nearly dead, aside from the occasional drunk, the occasional illegal rave.’
      • ‘She grabbed his hand and led him into the elevator which takes them down to an underground rave.’
      • ‘We talk about the things that affect our communities, guns, raves, fashion, anything and everything.’
      • ‘For a moment, the murk feels strangely comforting, like walking out of a rave into the balm of an urban winter smog.’
      • ‘Police and district councils have joined forces to crack down on irresponsible raves which can put people at risk and cause misery to neighbours.’
      • ‘He has even played a few warehouse raves with some of these luminaries.’
      • ‘There were more performance-enhancing drugs going down than at an all-night rave.’
      • ‘Finally, the vast majority of those who attend raves and dance clubs are existing drug users.’
      • ‘In response the government passed the Criminal Justice Act of 1994, which outlawed these large outdoor raves.’
      • ‘Everyone looks like they're on their way home from an all-night rave but without the grin.’
      • ‘The music at this event had not been as loud as at previous raves.’
      • ‘Teenagers started defiling the lands of their ancestors by holding ecstasy raves on sacred ground.’
      • ‘The typical instinct of the public is to stereotype people who attend raves.’
      • ‘An outdoor summer party was scuppered by police, who believed it to be an illegal rave.’
      • ‘But when Europe started winning in the 1980s, the party took on the intensity of a rave.’
      • ‘Or should we be on the lookout for a spike in all-night raves up on the Hill?’
      • ‘Police were called when more than 80 people attended a rave in woods in Bolton.’
      • ‘"There are illegal dance raves out there, " he said.’
      • ‘I've been into raves and electronic music since the early '90s, and I can tell you that there is no other music scene that can boast this.’
      warehouse party, acid house party
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    2. 2.2mass noun Electronic dance music of the kind played at a rave.
      ‘the album is an eleven-track journey through rave and techno’
      • ‘On the tape, we see Mike attempting over the decades to exploit the worlds of psychedelia, disco and rave.’
      • ‘Gone is Scud's uncompromising chunky beats and I-Sound's earlier nods toward rave's easy to discern breakbeats.’
      • ‘At the time records were becoming so aggressive, like with rave and hardcore breakbeat, and I wanted something warmer and softer.’
      • ‘It's got techno, trance, rave, hip hop, and lots of other types of music in the different mixes.’
      • ‘I threw myself into the rave / techno end of things which seemed more liberating, less self-conscious, and that twisted its way towards electronica.’
      • ‘Even Orbital were dodgy punks before they discovered rave.’
      • ‘Don't get me started on why my music is better than rave music.’
      • ‘People in the reggae, dance, rave, R&B scenes created drum 'n' bass jungle, with reggae at the heart of it.’
      • ‘Rather than defining genres, Skinner explores them, intersecting garage and hip-hop with rave, reggae, and even a twinge of bedsit indie.’
      • ‘Plus the double-time rave during the sub-Jeff Beck guitar solo is a gas.’
      • ‘Disco would go back underground and sprout under a thousand aliases - house, techno, rave, rare groove, you name it.’
      • ‘Such it was for the thirtysomethings, born just too late for the anger of punk and too early for the full-blown hedonism of rave.’
      • ‘And the music: not guitars and plaintive harmonicas but the brain-deep electronic thud of rave.’
      • ‘Music was up beat, perfect for dancing, mixing with techno, rave, electric and pop.’
      • ‘The opening track ‘Ghetto Musick’ jumps from hardcore rave to sauna soul without pausing for breath, a curiously addictive juxtaposition.’
      • ‘The second CD takes us into self-described ‘acid, rave, electropop’ territory.’
      • ‘Caroline Hayeur is best known for her photographs of Montreal nightlife, rave and techno scenes.’
      • ‘So please calibrate this rave according to your own tolerance for artsy-fartsy pop, but don't go overboard.’
      • ‘There seems to be a division in electro between artists who were influenced by '80s synthpop and new wave and those, like you, who came from rave and techno.’
      • ‘It's no secret that hardcore rave and hardcore punk have always been long-lost bastard brothers.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘show signs of madness’): probably from Old Northern French raver; related obscurely to Middle Low German reven ‘be senseless, rave’.

Pronunciation

rave

/reɪv/

Main definitions of rave in English

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rave2

noun

  • 1A rail of a cart.

    1. 1.1raves A permanent or removable framework added to the sides of a cart to increase its capacity.

Origin

Mid 16th century: variant of the synonymous dialect word rathe, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

rave

/reɪv/