verb \ˈrāz\

: to lift or move (something or someone) to a higher position

: to lift or move (something or someone) to a standing or more upright position

: to increase the amount or level of (something)


Full Definition of RAISE

transitive verb
:  to cause or help to rise to a standing position
a :  awaken, arouse
b :  to stir up :  incite <raise a rebellion>
c :  to flush (game) from cover
d :  to recall from or as if from death
a :  to set upright by lifting or building <raise a monument>
b :  to lift up <raise your hand> <raise sunken treasure>
c :  to place higher in rank or dignity :  elevate
d :  heighten, invigorate <raise the spirits>
e :  to end or suspend the operation or validity of <raise a siege>
:  to get together for a purpose :  collect <raise funds>
a :  grow, cultivate <raise cotton>
b :  to bring to maturity :  rear <raise a child>
c :  to breed and bring (an animal) to maturity
a :  to give rise to :  provoke <raise a commotion>
b :  to give voice to <raise a cheer>
:  to bring up for consideration or debate <raise an issue>
a :  to increase the strength, intensity, or pitch of <don't raise your voice>
b :  to increase the degree of
c :  to cause to rise in level or amount <raise the rent>
d (1) :  to increase the amount of (a poker bet)
(2) :  to bet more than (a previous bettor)
e (1) :  to make a higher bridge bid in (a partner's suit)
(2) :  to increase the bid of (one's partner)
:  to make light and porous <raise dough>
:  to cause to ascend <raise the dust>
:  to multiply (a quantity) by itself a specified number of times <raise two to the fourth power>
:  to bring in sight on the horizon by approaching <raise land>
a :  to bring up the nap of (cloth)
b :  to cause (as a blister) to form on the skin
:  to increase the nominal value of fraudulently <raise a check>
:  to articulate (a sound) with the tongue in a higher position
:  to establish radio communication with
intransitive verb
dial :  rise
:  to increase a bet or bid
rais·er noun
raise Cain or raise hell
:  to act wildly :  create a disturbance
:  to scold or upbraid someone especially loudly <raised hell with the umpire>
raise eyebrows
:  to cause surprise or mild disapproval
raise the bar
:  to set a higher standard <new software that raises the bar for competitors>

Examples of RAISE

  1. Raise your hand if you know the answer.
  2. Raise your arms above your head.
  3. He raised his head and looked around.
  4. She raised her eyes from her book and stared at him.
  5. He raised the cup to his lips and drank.
  6. I raised the lid and peeked inside.
  7. Let's raise the windows and get some fresh air in here.
  8. We raised the flag to the top of the pole.
  9. I carefully raised her to a sitting position.
  10. She raised herself onto her knees.

Origin of RAISE

Middle English reisen, raisen, from Old Norse reisa — more at rear
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to RAISE



: an increase in the amount of your pay

Full Definition of RAISE

:  an act of raising or lifting
:  a rising stretch of road :  an upward grade :  rise
:  an increase in amount: as
a :  an increase of a bet or bid
b :  an increase in wages or salary
:  a vertical or inclined opening or passageway connecting one mine working area with another at a higher level

Examples of RAISE

  1. <the school board approved a raise in the maximum family income for students qualifying for reduced-price lunches>

First Known Use of RAISE


Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


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