rave

If you rave about a book you just read, you're telling people you think it's great, or you're giving it a rave review.

Rave has two levels, one that implies you're very excited about something and the other that you are too excited, so you seem crazy. While raving about a movie means to talk it up, being a raving lunatic means you are engaging in a lot of crazy talk. When you rave about a performance, you talk enthusiastically about it. Take that enthusiastic talking to the next level, and you might be called raving in the crazy sense.

Primary Meanings of rave

1.
vn
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
an extravagantly enthusiastic review
2.
nv
a dance party that lasts all night and electronically synthesized music is played
participate in an all-night techno dance party
Full Definitions of rave
1

v talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

Synonyms:
jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, spout
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v praise enthusiastically

“She raved about that new restaurant”
Synonyms:
gush
Type of:
praise
express approval of

n an extravagantly enthusiastic review

“he gave it a rave
Type of:
critical review, critique, review, review article
an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)
2

n a dance party that lasts all night and electronically synthesized music is played

raves are very popular in Berlin”
Type of:
dance
a party for social dancing

v participate in an all-night techno dance party

Type of:
party
have or participate in a party

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