v. raved, rav·ing, raves
1. To speak wildly, irrationally, or incoherently.
2. To move with great violence or intensity: The storm raved along the coast.
3. To speak or write with wild enthusiasm: Critics raved about the new play.
4. To attend a rave.
To utter or express in a frenzied or unrestrained manner.
1. The act or an instance of raving.
2. Informal An extravagantly enthusiastic opinion or review: The play received raves.
a. An all-night dance party, especially one at which techno, house, or other electronically synthesized music is played.
b. Chiefly British A raucous party; a rave-up.
Relating to or being an extravagantly enthusiastic opinion or review.
[Middle English raven, from Old North French raver, variant of resver, to dream, wander, rave.]
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