V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) 1. to bask in a sensation of delight or pleasurable emotion; 2. to frolic noisily, dancing, drinking, or partying in a celebratory way; (n.) an unrestrained celebration

Synonyms: (v.) relish, savor, celebrate, rejoice, carouse, delight, bask, luxuriate; (n.) celebration, merriment, festivity

Antonyms: suffer, mourn

Tips: Revel, it its essence, means "to let loose and blow off steam," so it can refer to spirited partying, where revelers may get out of hand in their boisterous merrymaking. Revel can also refer to enjoying something to the fullest and basking in something such as success: "She reveled in her success." It is a staying in the moment, savoring, and enjoying the feeling. The related noun revelry means "joyous celebration."

Usage Examples:

When Lisa won the argument, she took a moment to revel in the feeling of being right. (bask, relish)

All of her friends took the opportunity to revel heartedly at Jeannie's joyous wedding reception. (party, carouse, celebrate)

Thousands of revelers fill Times Square each New Year's Eve. (party goers, celebrators) noun

The revelry lasted into the wee hours of the night. (celebration, party, merriment) noun

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