Definition of rave verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rave

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//reɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rave
    BrE BrE//reɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪv//
     
    he / she / it raves
    BrE BrE//reɪvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪvz//
     
    past simple raved
    BrE BrE//reɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪvd//
     
    past participle raved
    BrE BrE//reɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪvd//
     
    -ing form raving
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪvɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] rave (about somebody/something) | + speech to talk or write about something in a very enthusiastic way The critics raved about his performance in ‘Hamlet’.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] rave (at somebody) | + speech to shout in a loud and emotional way at somebody because you are angry with them She was shouting and raving at them. See related entries: Anger
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] rave (at somebody) | + speech to talk or shout in a way that is not logical or sensible He wandered the streets raving at passers-by.
  4. Word 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’.Extra examples He was still raving on about irresponsible youngsters. Luke was still raving about the beauty of the desert. My parents both raved at me. She was ranting and raving about our stupidity. ‘He is the best American comedian since Jack Lemmon,’ raved Newsweek.Idioms (disapproving) to show that you are angry by shouting or complaining loudly for a long time More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
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