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verb \ˈrāz\

Simple Definition of raise

  • : 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of raise



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause or help to rise to a standing position

  3. 2 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

  4. 3 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>

  5. 4 :  to get together for a purpose :  collect <raise funds>

  6. 5 a :  grow, cultivate <raise cotton> b :  to bring to maturity :  rear <raise a child> c :  to breed and bring (an animal) to maturity

  7. 6 a :  to give rise to :  provoke <raise a commotion> b :  to give voice to <raise a cheer>

  8. 7 :  to bring up for consideration or debate <raise an issue>

  9. 8 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)

  10. 9 :  to make light and porous <raise dough>

  11. 10 :  to cause to ascend <raise the dust>

  12. 11 :  to multiply (a quantity) by itself a specified number of times <raise two to the fourth power>

  13. 12 :  to bring in sight on the horizon by approaching <raise land>

  14. 13 a :  to bring up the nap of (cloth) b :  to cause (as a blister) to form on the skin

  15. 14 :  to increase the nominal value of fraudulently <raise a check>

  16. 15 :  to articulate (a sound) with the tongue in a higher position

  17. 16 :  to establish radio communication with

  18. intransitive verb
  19. 1 dial :  rise

  20. 2 :  to increase a bet or bid



raise Cain


raise hell

  1. 1 :  to act wildly :  create a disturbance

  2. 2 :  to scold or upbraid someone especially loudly <raised hell with the umpire>

raise eyebrows

  1. :  to cause surprise or mild disapproval

raise the bar

  1. :  to set a higher standard <new software that raises the bar for competitors>

Examples of raise in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of raise

Middle English reisen, raisen, from Old Norse reisa — more at rear

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of raise

lift, raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost mean to move from a lower to a higher place or position. lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight <lift the chair while I vacuum>. raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position <scouts raising a flagpole>. rear may add an element of suddenness to raise <suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs>. elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied <elevated the taste of the public>. hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means <hoisted the cargo on board>. heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain <heaved the heavy crate inside>. boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push <boosted his brother over the fence>.




Simple Definition of raise

  • : an increase in the amount of your pay

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of raise

  1. 1 :  an act of raising or lifting

  2. 2 :  a rising stretch of road :  an upward grade :  rise

  3. 3 :  an increase in amount: as a :  an increase of a bet or bid b :  an increase in wages or salary

  4. 4 :  a vertical or inclined opening or passageway connecting one mine working area with another at a higher level

Examples of raise in a sentence

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


First Known Use of raise


RAISE Defined for Kids



verb \ˈrāz\

Definition of raise for Students



  1. 1 :  to cause to rise :  lift <Please raise your hand.>

  2. 2 :  collect 1 <The school is trying to raise money.>

  3. 3 :  to look after the growth and development of :  grow <The farmer raised hogs.>

  4. 4 :  to bring up a child :  rear <He was raised by his grandmother.>

  5. 5 :  to bring to notice <No one raised any objection.>

  6. 6 :  1increase <They're raising the rent.>

  7. 7 :  to make louder <Don't raise your voice.>

  8. 8 :  to give life to :  arouse <The children made enough noise to raise the dead.>

  9. 9 :  to set upright by lifting or building <A monument was raised.>

  10. 10 :  promote 1, elevate <She was raised to captain.>

  11. 11 :  to give rise to :  provoke <The joke raised a laugh.>

  12. 12 :  to make light and airy <Yeast can raise dough.>

  13. 13 :  to cause to form on the skin <The burn raised a blister.>






Definition of raise for Students

  1. :  an increase in amount (as of pay)

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