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"rave" in British English

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raveverb [I]

uk   /reɪv/  us   /reɪv/

raveadjective [before noun]

uk   /reɪv/  us   /reɪv/ informal

ravenoun [C]

uk   /reɪv/  us   /reɪv/ mainly UK informal
an event where young people dance to modern electronic music and sometimes take illegal drugs: an all-night/open-air rave rave music
(Definition of rave from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rave" in American English

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 us   /reɪv/
  • rave adjective (ENTHUSIASTIC)

admiring; giving praise: The show has received rave reviews.
noun [C]  us   /reɪv/
Her speech drew raves from everyone.

raveverb [I]

 us   /reɪv/
  • rave verb [I] (SPEAK FOOLISHLY)

to speak or shout in a way that is out of control, usually because of anger or mental illness: She was wild and raving, tearing up her books.
  • rave verb [I] (SHOW ENTHUSIASM)

infml to express praise and admiration for someone or something enthusiastically: Everyone is raving about that new Vietnamese restaurant.
(Definition of rave from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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