Synonyms of rave in English:


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1‘the old man was raving about Armageddon and the fires of hell’


talk wildly, babble, jabber, ramble, maunder

talk incoherently, be delirious

2‘I was angry as hell—I raved and swore at them’


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

shout, roar, thunder, bellow

be very angry, be furious, be enraged, be incensed, fume

informal fly off the handle, flip one's lid, blow one's top, go up the wall, blow a fuse, go off the deep end, hit the roof, go through the roof, be livid, have a fit, lose one's cool, go mad, go bananas, go wild, freak out, have steam coming out of one's ears, foam at the mouth, froth at the mouth, go ape, be fit to be tied

British informal go spare, go crackers

North American informal flip one's wig

vulgar slang go apeshit

3‘he raved about her talent and predicted she'd win all the Oscars’


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

informal go wild about, be mad about, go on about

British informal big someone up, big something up

North American informal ballyhoo

dated cry someone up, cry something up

rare laud, panegyrize


criticize, condemn


1‘the imaginative menu won raves from the local food critics’


enthusiastic praise, lavish praise, a rapturous reception, tribute, plaudits, encomiums, bouquets

acclaim, applause


criticism, condemnation

2‘their annual fancy-dress rave’


party, social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social

dance, ball, ceilidh, frolic, carousal, carouse

North American fete, hoedown, shower, bake, cookout, levee

NZ Australian corroboree

West Indian bashment




bash, shindig, shindy, blowout, beer-up, disco, do, shebang, bop, hop, whoopee, after-party

British rave-up, thrash, knees-up, beanfeast, beano, bunfight, jolly, lig

Irish hooley, crack

North American blast, wingding, kegger

NZ Australian shivoo, rage, ding, jollo, rort

South African jol

dated squash, squeeze, ding-dong

3‘TV news reports have depicted raves as all-night drug parties’


warehouse party, acid house party



1‘his big break came when a critic gave him a rave review’


very enthusiastic, rapturous, glowing, ecstatic, full of praise, rhapsodic, laudatory, eulogistic, panegyrical, excellent, highly favourable