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Definition of rave verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rave
    he / she / it raves
    past simple raved
    -ing form raving
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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 someone because you are angry with them She was shouting and raving at them.
  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. Idioms
    rant and rave (disapproving)
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    to show that you are angry by shouting or complaining loudly for a long time
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