raise

verb
\ ˈrāz How to pronounce raise (audio) \
raised; raising

Definition of raise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause or help to rise to a standing position
2a : 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
3a : 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
4 : to get together for a purpose : collect raise funds
5a : grow, cultivate raise cotton
b : to bring to maturity : rear raise a child
c : to breed and bring (an animal) to maturity
6a : to give rise to : provoke raise a commotion
b : to give voice to raise a cheer
7 : to bring up for consideration or debate raise an issue
8a : 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)
9 : to make light and porous raise dough
10 : to cause to ascend raise the dust
11 : to multiply (a quantity) by itself a specified number of times raise two to the fourth power
12 : to bring in sight on the horizon by approaching raise land
13a : to bring up the nap of (cloth)
b : to cause (something, such as a blister) to form on the skin
14 : to increase the nominal value of fraudulently raise a check
15 : to articulate (a sound) with the tongue in a higher position
16 : to establish radio communication with

intransitive verb

1 dialect : rise
2 : to increase a bet or bid
raise Cain or raise hell
1 : to act wildly : create a disturbance
2 : 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

raise

noun

Definition of raise (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from raise

Verb

raiser noun

Choose the Right Synonym for raise

Verb

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

Examples of raise in a Sentence

Verb Raise your hand if you know the answer. Raise your arms above your head. He raised his head and looked around. She raised her eyes from her book and stared at him. He raised the cup to his lips and drank. I raised the lid and peeked inside. Let's raise the windows and get some fresh air in here. We raised the flag to the top of the pole. I carefully raised her to a sitting position. She raised herself onto her knees. Noun the school board approved a raise in the maximum family income for students qualifying for reduced-price lunches
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And yet, still, the Nets raise all kinds of unanswered questions. New York Times, 2 June 2021 The proceeds would raise funds for the city to clean up the whale and preserve it for the public to enjoy. Gregory Barber, Wired, 1 June 2021 The swift timeframe, and the sustainability of it, may raise some eyebrows. Jonathan Keane, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Rising sea levels also raise the risk of destructive storm surges. Aj Willingham, CNN, 1 June 2021 Then raise the whole post to put your saddle at or close to normal height. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 1 June 2021 This car was born to outperform, and to raise the bar, redefining the norm for performance cars. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 1 June 2021 This will raise questions among inflation-hawk German voters and politicians about why crisis measures such as the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program, the name for the ECB’s latest round of quantitative easing, should persist indefinitely. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 June 2021 The bills would raise the mandatory minimum to 4.1 hours, echoing recommendations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Jenna Carlesso, courant.com, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Byrne's replacement, Dave Heeke, awarded Candrea a five-year extension and significant raise shortly after starting at the UA in 2017. P.j. Brown, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2021 The inflation case is that the pool of workers no longer matches the skills employers need, and that wage rises at the bottom will filter up as more senior employees demand a raise to maintain their pay premium. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 31 May 2021 If this is too much for people to handle, will settle for women making only slightly less than what men make, which is still a significant raise. Ginny Hogan, The New Yorker, 30 May 2021 Williams, an undrafted rookie from Colorado State, gets a $175,000 raise from his Year 2 salary. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 30 May 2021 Di Grazia resigned in 1976 after failing to secure a pay raise from White. BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2021 Receiving an unexpected financial windfall such as a surprise raise or bonus is exciting—and can be fraught with temptation. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Thankfully, after the Obama and Trump years, Democrats have largely wised up: Politico reported that House and Senate Democrats won’t negotiate over a debt-ceiling raise this time. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 17 May 2021 An 11-win season and trip to the Cotton Bowl the following year was enough to convince Swann to give Helton an extension and a substantial pay raise to more than $4.5 million in 2018. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of raise

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raise

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for raise

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The first known use of raise was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

4 Jun 2021

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“Raise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raise. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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raise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of raise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

raise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of raise (Entry 2 of 2)

US : an increase in the amount of your pay

raise

verb
\ ˈrāz How to pronounce raise (audio) \
raised; raising

Kids Definition of raise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cause to rise : lift Please raise your hand.
2 : collect sense 1 The school is trying to raise money.
3 : to look after the growth and development of : grow The farmer raised hogs.
4 : to bring up a child : rear He was raised by his grandmother.
5 : to bring to notice No one raised any objection.
6 : increase entry 1 They're raising the rent.
7 : to make louder Don't raise your voice.
8 : to give life to : arouse The children made enough noise to raise the dead.
9 : to set upright by lifting or building A monument was raised.
10 : promote sense 1, elevate She was raised to captain.
11 : to give rise to : provoke The joke raised a laugh.
12 : to make light and airy Yeast can raise dough.
13 : to cause to form on the skin The burn raised a blister.

Other Words from raise

raiser noun

raise

noun

Kids Definition of raise (Entry 2 of 2)

: an increase in amount (as of pay)

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