Definition of revel in US English:



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  • 1Enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way, especially with drinking and dancing.

    ‘they spent the evening reveling with their guests’
    • ‘You've spent hours reveling, but just as the night is winding down, two drunk guests get into a vicious argument.’
    • ‘The couple were among 420 people who revelled late into the night at Freddie's Festive Fundraiser, in the grounds of Salisbury's Cathedral School, to help boost the coffers of Sargent Cancer Care for Children.’
    • ‘The city is ‘as famous for its natural beauty as it is for Carnival revelling with televised samba parades and belles in their Olympic nakedness,’ said one Brazilian judge.’
    • ‘The crowd reveled and gyrated in their seats, the cheers reaching ear-cracking levels.’
    • ‘Glumness still inhabits the thoroughfares, but for a few hours, especially the wee small hours after the New York Yankees managed victories over the Arizona Diamondbacks that approached the surrealistic, there was revelling once more.’
    • ‘When we interrupt the natural rhythm of day and night for any reason - even reveling - we risk setting off a cascade of problems.’
    • ‘That will wake you up for a night of Super Bowl reveling.’
    • ‘At the festival, the people were revelling, drinking beer and wine and feasting on the sacrifices.’
    • ‘Because of the lunch-time scheduling, most of the serious partying had been done, and moved on by the early evening, but now local residents face the disruption of crowds revelling into the late evening on a Sunday.’
    • ‘The 6,000 Scots who travelled to Rome revelled till late in the city's squares.’
    • ‘This weekend they will be revelling just as hard in Moscow, Russia, as they rave in Moscow, Ayrshire.’
    • ‘You'll want to be well-rested for a night of New Year's Eve reveling.’
    • ‘Even his 83-year-old mother, Kitty, was revelling with the best of them.’
    • ‘Vodka poured, songs were sung and many a cigarette was inhaled as twenty-seven late teenagers revelled late into the evening.’
    • ‘At least I've got the weekend off, not that I ever do New Year revelling.’
    • ‘A warm Saturday night in June, and most are likely to be out revelling, or sat at home with lottery numbers in hand.’
    • ‘Eyewitnesses spoke of chaos near the Sari nightclub, as foreign tourists were revelling on a typical Saturday night.’
    • ‘Earlier in the evening, the booming rock and roll sound of Los Callejeros playing in the club resonated in the street, as hundreds of secondary school students prepared to celebrate the end of term by dancing and revelling until dawn.’
    • ‘The assistant peered through the window and saw a group of Jews feasting, drinking, and reveling.’
    • ‘Citizens had assembled with their coolers and chairs as they revelled to the sounds of soca and calypso from the bands.’
    celebrate, make merry, have a party, party, feast, eat, drink, and be merry, carouse, roister, have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, go on a spree
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    1. 1.1revel in Get great pleasure from (a situation or experience)
      ‘Bill said he was secretly reveling in his new-found fame’
      • ‘Borland is part of the Eclipse group, although it's doubtful whether the company revels in this situation much.’
      • ‘Though Margaret Mary reveled in the pleasure of no longer being bedridden, life at home had become truly miserable.’
      • ‘They both still feel most at home in the water, and revel in its sensual pleasures.’
      • ‘The play is very funny and the ten member cast revelled in the comical situations.’
      • ‘Although I still have a lot to learn, I am revelling in the pleasures that my newfound blogger friends bring me.’
      • ‘Until then I'll revel in the primitive delight of having too much of a good thing.’
      • ‘In the new 20th century they were finding their feet and revelling in newfound independence.’
      • ‘I watched most of this movie last night, revelling again in the grace, the vigorous fighting, the dreaminess, the repressed emotions.’
      • ‘Not 3 weeks ago you were revelling in how you had gained a probable vote from someone who had thought you a Labour candidate.’
      • ‘She tangled her hands in his hair, loving the soft feel of it, reveling in the sheer pleasurable delights she was being swept up in.’
      • ‘I was revelling in this situation and didn't want to end it soon.’
      • ‘But there was no thumping the air or revelling in her triumph.’
      • ‘But that shouldn't stop us revelling in life's simpler pleasures on occasion, should it?’
      • ‘I revelled in its aroma, savoured its taste until I was jolted awake into a caffeine deprived state.’
      • ‘I'm sure he would have a grand old time revelling in the glory of those who know his plight.’
      • ‘Dave reveled in the situation and said it was just what he was hoping for.’
      • ‘Fans are finding it almost unpatriotic to criticise teams and players, or to revel in their triumphs.’
      • ‘Kassidy melted in his kiss, reveling in her newly gained knowledge.’
      • ‘Carl Rushworth revelled in the situation and bagged four tries, while Ian Mansell touched down three times.’
      • ‘He revelled in the exquisite pleasure of the warm spray massaging his body.’
      enjoy, delight in, love, like, adore, be entertained by, be amused by, be pleased by, take pleasure in, appreciate, relish, lap up, savour, luxuriate in, bask in, wallow in, glory in
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  • Lively and noisy enjoyment, especially with drinking and dancing.

    • ‘Bogart dove head first into the Jazz Age lifestyle, always up for late night revels.’
    • ‘The revels lasted a full fortnight, complete with boxing, copious amounts of food and alcohol, prostitution and fighting.’
    • ‘In his heyday, he certainly rubbed shoulders with all the top players, and had a ringside seat at some of Hollywood's wilder revels.’
    • ‘The records of student revels at the Inn showed them electing a Prince of Misrule whose reign ended on February 2nd.’
    • ‘Meet the party girls whose revels raised £70 for Keighley Disabled People's Centre.’
    • ‘But they were all powerless to join me in my revels, victims of their own bad planning and a fundamental inability to shank, scull and top the ball with anything like my comfortable lack of effort.’
    • ‘Our revels resulted in a stupid prank that made other people respond to a lie.’
    • ‘The gap between the ceremony and the evening revels disappeared.’
    • ‘It's party time all over again for St Leonard's Hospice, with the news that York's big weekend of revels has raised a staggering £10,000 for our Hospice 2000 Appeal.’
    • ‘The revels continue with gigs by local outfits in Bradford tomorrow and Keighley next Saturday.’
    • ‘A young campaign worker walked in and asked if she could have a few Heinekens for her friends 19 floors below, where junior staffers continued their revels.’
    • ‘The revels originated years ago as a bank holiday festival for men who worked in the local quarries.’
    • ‘The grand balls of St Petersburg in 1914 looked like the revels of the Bourbons in late 18th century Paris with women in costume wigs and men in grand uniforms.’
    • ‘With a troubled face, Flora, goddess of Spring and licentious revels, stealthily hands the flowers on to Venus.’
    • ‘Bent on their revels, other peasants dance stoutly in a ring to the music of a fiddle and a bagpipe: the women with dogged concentration, the men with carefree high-kicks.’
    • ‘But it would be a bleak loss to literature if she were to cast aside her magic rod and end her revels too early.’
    • ‘This vintage expression, which gives the movie its title, is uttered by Ince when he contemplates the revels Hearst has planned for the producer's birthday celebrations aboard the mogul's splendiferous yacht, the Oneida.’
    • ‘At the midsummer revels Miss Julie indulges in a flirtation with Jean.’
    • ‘Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said those unhappy about the crackdown would just have to start their revels earlier.’
    celebration, festivity, jollification, merrymaking, carousal, carouse, spree, debauch, bacchanal
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Late Middle English: from Old French reveler ‘rise up in rebellion’, from Latin rebellare ‘to rebel’.