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revelled

verb

  1. (delight)  to take delight in
    Synonyms: delight, enjoy. Followed by: use
  2. (celebrate)  to celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; to engage in uproarious festivities
    Synonyms: jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, wassail, whoop it up. Type of:...

Etymology summary

from Old French reveler to be merry, noisy, from Latin rebellāre to revolt,...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

revelled | revel | revelry [less common, sense-specific] | reveller [noun, derived]

[of] "revel" | [followed by "in"] to take pleasure or wallow | to take part in noisy festivities; make merry | [often plural] an occasion of noisy ... (24 of 500 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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revel | revelry [less common, sense-specific] | reveller [noun, derived]

[followed by "in"] to take pleasure or wallow | to take part in noisy festivities; make merry | [often plural] an occasion of noisy merrymaking | a ... (24 of 507 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

revel | revel in | revels [related] | revelling [related] | revelled [related] | reveling [related] | reveled [related]

enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way, especially with drinking and dancing | ("revel in") : gain great pleasure from (a situation) | ("revels") | ... (23 of 128 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

revel [entry 1, verb] | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle] | carouse [synonym, sense-specific] | binge [synonym, sense-specific] | birl [Scottish, synonym, sense-specific] | roister [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to take part in a revel; "carouse" | to take intense pleasure or satisfaction (13 of 97 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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revel [entry 2, noun] | binge [synonym] | frisk [synonym] | frolic [synonym] | gambol [synonym] | idyll [synonym] | lark [synonym] | ploy [synonym] | fling [synonym] | ...

a usually wild party or celebration (6 of 93 words, 1 usage example)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

revel | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle] | revels [3rd-person singular present] | reveler [noun, related] | reveller [noun, related]

To take great pleasure or delight | To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry. | A boisterous festivity or celebration; merrymaking. Often used ... (21 of 69 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

revel | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle] | reveler [related]

to make merry; be noisily festive | to take much pleasure; delight (in) | boisterous festivity; merrymaking; revelry | an occasion of merrymaking or ... (21 of 65 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

revel | revels [plural] | revelled [past tense] | reveled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | reveling [present participle] | carouse [synonym, sense-specific] | celebrate [synonym, sense-specific]

An instance of merrymaking; a celebration. | To make merry; to have a gay, lively time. | [obsolete] To draw back; to retract. (21 of 57 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

revel [intransitive, literary] | revelled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | revels [3rd-person singular present]

to celebrate or enjoy yourself in a lively and noisy way, especially by singing, dancing, and drinking alcohol (18 of 51 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/revel

revel [countable, plural, literary, noun] | revels [plural]

a lively and noisy party or celebration, especially where people sing, dance, and drink alcohol (15 of 49 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

revel | reveled [past tense] | revelingor (esp. Brit.) -elled [past participle] | revelling [present participle] | Revel | revels [sense-specific]

to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by "in"). | to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities. | boisterous merrymaking or ... (20 of 68 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

revel [US USUALLY, literary] | -ll- [past tense] | -l- [past tense] | reveler [noun, United States, derived] | reveller [noun, British, derived]

to dance, drink, sing, etc. at a party or in public, especially in a noisy way (16 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/revel

Encarta Dictionary:

revel | revels [plural] | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle]

to take great pleasure in something | to have an enjoyable time in the company of others, especially at a party | an uproarious party or celebration ... (25 of 87 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861701808​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

revelled | revel

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French reveler to be merry, noisy, from Latin rebellāre to revolt, rebel

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/revelled

Online Etymology:

revel

First use: about 1300

Origin: "riotous merry-making", from Old French revel, from reveler "be disorderly, make merry", from Latin rebellare "to rebel". The ... (20 of 43 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

revel | revels [plural] | revelled [past tense] | reveled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | reveling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English revelen, from Old French revel, from reveler ("to be disorderly, to make merry"), from Latin rebello ("to rebel") | Latin revellere; re- + vellere ("to pluck, pull").

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New World Dictionary:

revel | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English revelen from Middle French reveler, to revel, literally, to rebel from Latin rebellare: see "rebel" | Middle ... (18 of 25 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

revel | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle] | revels [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English revelen, to carouse, from Old French reveler, to rebel, carouse, from Latin rebellāre, to rebel; see "rebel".

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Oxford Dictionary:

revel | revel in

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French reveler "rise up in rebellion", from Latin rebellare "to rebel"

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Merriam-Webster:

revel [entry 1, verb] | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French reveler, literally, to rebel, from Latin rebellare

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Encarta Dictionary:

revel | revels [plural] | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | reveling [present participle] | revelling [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French reveler "rebel, carouse" from Latin rebellare "to rebel" from bellum "war"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861701808​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

revel

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "revel"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

revel [intransitive, literary] | revelled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | revels [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "revel"

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revel [countable, plural, literary, noun] | revels [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "revel"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

revel [intransitive, literary, verb] | revelled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | revels [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "revel"

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revel [countable, plural, literary, noun] | revels [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "revel"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

revel [US USUALLY, literary] | -ll- [past tense] | -l- [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "revel"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "revel"

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the Free Dictionary:

revel

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Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "revel"

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Google Dictionary:

revel | revels [plural] | reveled [past tense] | revelled [past tense] | revelling [present participle] | reveling [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "revel"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

revel

Audio: North American pronunciation of "revel"

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Revel

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YourDictionary Audio:

revel

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "revel" by speech synthesizer

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