Other forms: revels; revelled; revelling; reveled; reveling

Revel means to take great pleasure. If you revel in something, you're not just pleased or even excited; you're overwhelmed by joy.

It used to mean riotous merry-making. Now it means to bask in the self-reflected glow of your own pleasure. You revel in your victory lap after winning the race. Your brother is constantly on your case for being clumsy, so when he knocks down a table filled with glassware, you revel in it. Think of it as a high level of pleasure.

Definitions of revel
  1. verb
    take delight in
    synonyms: delight, enjoy
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    have a ball, have a good time
    enjoy oneself greatly
    delight greatly in
    live it up
    enjoy oneself
  2. verb
    celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities
    synonyms: jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, wassail, whoop it up
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    carouse, riot, roister
    engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
    type of:
    celebrate, fete
    have a celebration
  3. noun
    unrestrained merrymaking
    synonyms: revelry
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    binge, bout, bust, tear
    an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
    bender, booze-up, carousal, carouse, toot
    revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
    bacchanal, bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, riot, saturnalia
    a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
    noisy and boisterous revelry
    vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking
    type of:
    conviviality, jollification, merrymaking
    a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity
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