\ˈrāz \
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



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


raiser noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of raise in a Sentence


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.


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

Syd enjoyed raising home grown vegetables and even grew popcorn. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Sydney R. Goodrich," 14 July 2018 Possibilities could include the city offering hefty pay raises in exchange for the unions agreeing that new employees will continue to receive the 401(k)-style plans instead of pensions. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 Told mainly in Williams’s own voice and aided with the likes of Billy Crystal, David Letterman, and others close to him, the film begins with his life raised as an only child in Chicago and ends with his untimely death in 2014. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "The Legendary Robin Williams was Missed and Reminisced at the New York City Premiere for Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," 14 July 2018 After Parkland, Medina swung into action, raising additional funds from St. Brendan parents to overhaul the school’s security. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 2018 What to order at Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken This salad consists of a base of greens topped with chicken (raised without antibiotics), fresh strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and toasted pecan pieces. Health.com, "The 4 Healthiest Menu Items at Panera Bread (Plus 3 Things to Avoid)," 13 July 2018 But what’s perhaps more bizarre: People have actually donated, with $422 raised of an $100 million goal. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018 Concerns the association raised over HFD's gear cleaning procedures also spurred the fire commission to open an investigation, which has yet to be completed. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Amid probe of HFD, Texas fire commission adopts stricter rule on gear cleaning," 13 July 2018 All told, $200bn could be raised globally this year. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association recently struck a one-year contract with Gov. Jerry Brown that gives its 27,000 members a raise. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Her lawsuit almost crippled California unions. This is how she thinks they can survive.," 20 June 2018 The All of Us personalized medicine study receives a $147 million raise, to $437 million. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "House bill gives NIH a 3% boost in 2019, to $38.3 billion," 14 June 2018 Social services The budget includes about $22.2 million over the next two budget years to give raises of up to 10 percent to state Cabinet for Health and Family Services social workers, who start at $33,644 a year. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "The big winners of Kentucky's 2018 legislative session: Social workers and children," 17 Apr. 2018 Any other team that might sign Gordon to an offer sheet can, at most, offer a four-year deal with no greater than 5 percent annual raises. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic Mailbag: Will Orlando re-sign Aaron Gordon?," 30 June 2018 Once the wages reach $18 an hour, annual raises would be tied to the cost of living. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "U.S. Sens. Sanders and Warren call for a living wage for resort workers," 26 June 2018 The union initially proposed a 4 percent annual raise for three years, plus added assessment responsibilities for faculty. Anna Bybee-schier, chicagotribune.com, "As Triton faculty contract nears expiration, union raising awareness of negotiations, but 'no one is talking strike yet'," 22 June 2018 Uber drivers who use electric vehicles may be getting a raise under a new pilot project. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber will start paying some drivers to switch to electric cars," 19 June 2018 An unincentivized legislature with automatic annual raises regardless of performance and reelection rates topping 90 percent? John Baer, Philly.com, "Welcome to Pennsylvania's budget season: A show void of value | John Baer," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of raise


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


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raise


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

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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)



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

: an increase in the amount of your pay


\ˈrāz \
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



Kids Definition of raise (Entry 2 of 2)

: an increase in amount (as of pay)

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