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raise

verb \ ˈrāz \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of raise

raised; raising
transitive verb
1 : to cause or help to rise to a standing position
2 a : 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
3 a : 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
5 a : grow, cultivate
  • raise cotton
b : to bring to maturity : rear
  • raise a child
c : to breed and bring (an animal) to maturity
6 a : 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
8 a : 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
13 a : 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

raiser

noun
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

Examples of raise in a Sentence

  1. Raise your hand if you know the answer.

  2. Raise your arms above your head.

  3. He raised his head and looked around.

  4. She raised her eyes from her book and stared at him.

  5. He raised the cup to his lips and drank.

  6. I raised the lid and peeked inside.

  7. Let's raise the windows and get some fresh air in here.

  8. We raised the flag to the top of the pole.

  9. I carefully raised her to a sitting position.

  10. She raised herself onto her knees.

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Origin and Etymology of raise

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

raise Synonyms

Synonyms
boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, take up, up, uphold, uplift, upraise
Antonyms
drop, lower
Related Words
ascend, mount, rise; rear, upend
Near Antonyms
descend, dip, fall, pitch, plunge, slip; bear, depress, press, push; sink, submerge

Synonym Discussion of 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

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raise

noun

Definition of raise

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

Examples of raise in a Sentence

  1. the school board approved a raise in the maximum family income for students qualifying for reduced-price lunches

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First Known Use of raise

1538


RAISE Defined for English Language Learners

raise

verb

Definition of raise for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of raise for English Language Learners

  • : an increase in the amount of your pay


RAISE Defined for Kids

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raise

verb \ ˈrāz \

Definition of raise for Students

raised; raising
1 : to cause to rise : lift
  • Please raise your hand.
2 : collect 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 : 1increase
  • 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 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.

raiser

noun

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raise

noun

Definition of raise for Students

: an increase in amount (as of pay)


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