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

Even stores such as Walmart have raised the age for purchase. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Amid unchecked vaping, Carmel to consider ban on e-cigs in public spaces," 13 June 2019 Contributions by others have raised the reward fund to $32,145. AZCentral.com, "Don Bolles loses fight for life: Remembering the reporter with his 1976 obituary," 13 June 2019 The company, which has raised $46.9 million in venture capital, according to PitchBook, had initially focused on mopeds. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Bird Buys Competitor Scoot, Further Consolidating the Crowded Scooter-Rental Market," 12 June 2019 Steps by the Chinese and Hong Kong governments in recent years have raised unease among Hong Kong residents about their future, a concern that burst out in a protest by hundreds of thousands of people last weekend. Fox News, "Timeline: Unease grows in Hong Kong about eroding freedoms," 12 June 2019 An associated committee, Keep Oregon Affordable PAC, has raised roughly $40,000, mostly from the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, according to state campaign finance records. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon lumber executive spends $1 million on effort to overturn new business tax," 12 June 2019 Better Place Forests has raised $12 million in venture capital funding. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Could Trees Be the New Gravestones?," 12 June 2019 The Fed had raised its benchmark rate four times last year. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Nearly half of U.S. financial chiefs see recession within a year," 12 June 2019 The official recall committee hasn’t raised any money, according to online campaign finance records. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "Gun rights group “not confident” about Tom Sullivan recall as help pours in for Democrat," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tevlin is proposing $478,000 to cover pay raises for deputy city attorneys, who are nearing the end of labor negotiations with the city. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego may boost money for tree trimming, lifeguards in new budget," 7 June 2019 Legislators risk losing a $10,000 pay raise for 2020 if the budget isn’t adopted by April 1. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York Senate, Assembly to Lay Out Their Visions for State Budget," 10 Mar. 2019 After the rejections, no one sought a pay raise for the county treasurer, which also will remain at $93,116. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County nixes raises for elected officials," 19 Apr. 2018 Today's workout includes some of my favorite moves—the lateral raise with hold and the glute bridge chest press. SELF, "Core and Chest Strength Workout," 28 Apr. 2019 Those unions cannot bargain over anything but wages, and any raises are limited to inflation. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supreme Court ruling affects cops and firefighters, but not other Wisconsin public workers," 27 June 2018 In August 2016, Lyles was the only track coach to not receive a title promotion, pay raise or contract extension, according to the lawsuit. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Former Mizzou assistant track and field coach sues for racial discrimination," 28 June 2018 Describing unions in terms of patient care makes for better PR than discussing raises and employment opportunities. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Nurses, Unite!," 28 June 2018 At most companies, annual raises hover between 3 to 8 percent. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "The $10,000 Salary Jump That Will Actually Make a Difference in Your Life," 9 Apr. 2019

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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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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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