\ 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



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

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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Starbucks has consistently been able to raise prices with no adverse effect on demand throughout the inflationary environment in the U.S. - demonstrating the strength of its business. Trefis Team, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Hot and dry weather in Spain, Italy and parts of the U.S. will lower rice production next year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, which could raise rice prices. David Harrison, WSJ, 31 July 2022 In addition, Intel is planning to raise prices for the company's chips. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 28 July 2022 Due to the hottest inflation in 40 years, bodega owners are being forced to raise prices on a sandwich that became famous for its affordability, the AP reported. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 27 July 2022 Amazon is set to raise the prices of Amazon Prime memberships in Europe by up to 43 percent. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 July 2022 The idea that the Biden administration’s policies are designed to fail - to raise gas prices, or increase the cost of food - is a popular campaign theme. David Weigel, Anchorage Daily News, 24 July 2022 For business owners, the rising cost of cooking ingredients -- from oil to chicken -- has prompted them to raise prices. Arkansas Online, 24 July 2022 For business owners, the rising cost of cooking ingredients — from oil to chicken — has prompted them to raise prices, with people paying 10% to 20% more at Wu's food stall. Eileen Ng, BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even as inflation and rents soar in Newark with spillover gentrification from New York City, Small said the city is currently offering a 2 percent raise in contract negotiations. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 The raise approved by Biden was retroactive to Oct. 1, 2021, and expires Sept. 30, 2023. Matthew Daly, Chicago Tribune, 29 July 2022 Officials pointed to the cost of the 2019 strike against General Motors as a reason to drop the raise, saying the GM strike would have cost an additional $29 million, adding to the $79 million price tag. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 28 July 2022 The salary for each year of the three-year contract includes a 2.5 percent base raise and a 4.75 percent cash payment. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 25 July 2022 And on the left, the wave of legislation has been used by liberal organizations to mobilize their base, fund-raise and help turn out voters in midterm primaries in a hostile national political climate for Democrats. New York Times, 22 July 2022 That'd be a solid raise in a normal year, but not when prices are climbing at their fastest clip in four decades. Allison Morrow, CNN, 19 July 2022 The more support given to the startup during these early stages, the better their odds for hitting the milestones necessary for a Series A fund raise. Anish Srivastava, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Last summer, Nick Ritchie would have received a sizable raise off his $2 million qualifying offer. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for raise


\ 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



Kids Definition of raise (Entry 2 of 2)

: an increase in amount (as of pay)

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