\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

The confrontation came a week after an attack on the Interior Ministry that killed nine people, raising new questions about security in Somalia’s capital. BostonGlobe.com, "6 dead after attackers target presidential palace," 14 July 2018 The high school was budgeted at $25 million with the school raising $20 million then borrowing the remaining $5 million. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "New Illiana Christian High School set to open in August," 13 July 2018 But with just one day to go, news of this rival blimp’s arrival — despite raising more than £50,000 ($66,000) according to the Crowdfunder web site – has quietened down. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "London Protest Organizers Plan to Take the 'Trump Baby' Blimp on the Road," 13 July 2018 At the 2016 news conference, Mr. Trump made a series of statements on Russia and raised questions about whether the Kremlin had actually been behind the earlier hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee. Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times, "Trump Invited the Russians to Hack Clinton. Were They Listening?," 13 July 2018 Craig and Janet played in the world championship tournament for nearly two decades before taking more than 10 years off to focus on raising their two children. Don Norcross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego couple puts it all on the line for Over-The-Line," 13 July 2018 In 1960, the cost of raising a child was about $198,560. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Middle children are going extinct because Millennials don't want three children anymore," 13 July 2018 The group is in the process of raising funds to build the ballfield. The Aegis, "Harford concludes another successful iCan Bike Camp," 13 July 2018 Disney followed Comcast by raising its offer to purchase most of Fox’s assets to more than $71.3 billion. Shalini Ramachandran, WSJ, "Comcast’s Pursuit of Fox Just Got Tougher," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stansbury received a raise in January, bumping his annual salary to $650,000, according to records provided to the Courier Journal . Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Western Kentucky to pay Charles Bassey's guardian $200K as assistant," 5 July 2018 Walker will make $12 million next season and will be up for a big raise in his next contract based on what other All-Star level point guards are being paid. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets' Kemba Walker hears trade rumors, says he has a strategy for dealing with them," 29 June 2018 In the Senate, the Appropriations Committee voted to give workers a 1.9 percent pay raise in 2019, rejecting President Donald Trump's call for a pay freeze. Joe Davidson, chicagotribune.com, "Rebuking Trump, Senate panel approves federal pay raise, but House plans big hit on pensions," 21 June 2018 Jumping from one position to the next, but a raise in salary out of the question? Liz Steelman, ajc, "4 tricks for negotiating your salary — from people who always get the money they want," 15 June 2018 School taxes make up the largest portion of property tax bills, and Northside has raised the tax rate three times in the last 10 years, starting with a 3.5 cent tax raise in 2009 and ending in 2011 with a 1 cent tax rate. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Northside ISD’s bond issue anticipates continuing growth," 28 Apr. 2018 Officials said pay raises for the countywide elected offices were made to provide a consistent salary for the four officials over their terms of office. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "No pay raises for DuPage County Board members but countywide elected officials to get 2% hike," 24 Apr. 2018 Until last week, teachers in Oklahoma hadn’t seen a raise in a decade. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Surge in teacher activism challenges GOP austerity mindset," 3 Apr. 2018 The contracts call for a 2.5 percent raise in 2018 and 3 percent raises in 2019 and 2020. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Mayfield Heights' 2018 budget projects more spending than revenues; still leaves $8.5 million balance," 27 Mar. 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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