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

     

    ravish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈrævɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævɪʃ//
     
    (literary)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ravish
    BrE BrE//ˈrævɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it ravishes
    BrE BrE//ˈrævɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple ravished
    BrE BrE//ˈrævɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævɪʃt//
     
    past participle ravished
    BrE BrE//ˈrævɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævɪʃt//
     
    -ing form ravishing
    BrE BrE//ˈrævɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævɪʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1ravish somebody (of a man) to force a woman to have sex synonym rape
  2. 2[usually passive] ravish somebody to give somebody great pleasure
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French raviss-, lengthened stem of ravir, from an alteration of Latin rapere ‘seize’.
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