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

But some Ralphs workers in recent weeks have started to protest outside local stores to raise pressure on the company. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Why 47,000 grocery workers in California may go on strike," 5 Sep. 2019 The case prompted officials to raise the risk level for EEE in Ashland, Hopedale, and Milford to critical, and the risk level in Bellingham, Blackstone, and Millville to high. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "5th human case of EEE confirmed in Mass.," 5 Sep. 2019 The campaign has another two years to raise an additional $5.8 million. Erin B. Logan, baltimoresun.com, "Ellicott City couple donates $500,000 to Howard County General Hospital construction project," 4 Sep. 2019 The company will seek to raise around $400 million at a total valuation of $2.9 billion to $3.5 billion. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Google Won’t End Up Like Microsoft—Data Sheet," 4 Sep. 2019 Still, it is expected to raise about $3.5 billion in what would be 2019’s second-largest initial public offering ( behind Uber ). Suhauna Hussainstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Facing backlash, WeWork adds one woman to its all-male board," 4 Sep. 2019 Together, Anita and Alberie established a home to start a family and to raise their children. courant.com, "Anita Marquis," 4 Sep. 2019 Cohen said current reserves will pay for a total of 15 patients, but the university will need to raise additional funds to cover the last five patients. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD’s cancer vaccine trial shows range of results at the one-year mark," 3 Sep. 2019 Knippen said Richardson never intended to raise her child. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Skylar Richardson, charged in baby's death, searched the Internet for 'How do I get rid of a baby.'," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Stoops has been rewarded for Kentucky football's historic 2018 season with a raise. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky rewards Mark Stoops with raise after historic 2018 season," 29 Aug. 2019 Typically, when one has been trying to reward its coach with a raise, the other has been trying to run its coach out of town. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "For Texas and A&M, newfound belief brings newfound pressure," 27 Aug. 2019 Earnings: New trains online sting LNG exporter Cheniere during second quarter The contract extension did not come with a raise. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Cheniere Energy extends contract for CEO Jack Fusco," 15 Aug. 2019 That's in line with the typical pay raises of the last decade, which have hovered at about 3% per year, Willis Towers Watson said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "The U.S. economy is doing fine -- just don't expect a fast pay hike," 8 Aug. 2019 Last year, the board approved a new union contract with a 16% pay raise, which helped attract new candidates to the short-staffed department. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Violent crime on BART more than doubles in four years," 25 June 2019 The baseline annual salary for an incoming employee joining Sony’s technology divisions after graduate school is about 6 million yen, or $55,000, with a standard raise to 6.3 million in year two. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Google and Apple are upending Japan’s salary traditions," 2 June 2019 The Magic will be permitted to offer Gordon a multi-year contract that would start at a first-year salary of $25.25 million (based on the league’s current salary-cap projection) with up to 8 percent annual raises. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic Mailbag: Will Orlando re-sign Aaron Gordon?," 30 June 2018 In addition to providing drivers with pay raises, Uber will also add features to its app specifically designed for drives who use electric vehicles. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Why Uber Is Paying Drivers More to Go Electric," 20 June 2018

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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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