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
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 This year, the Holiday Hope campaign goal is to raise $125,000 for the five organizations. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Holiday Hope: The Shepherd’s Staff expanding access, services for those in need," 28 Nov. 2019 Two were even willing to raise their hand when asked if anyone thought the Browns might win Sunday. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "'There’s a ton on the line for this’: Dispatch from Pittsburgh as Steelers prepare for rematch with Browns," 28 Nov. 2019 Benoist also shared a link to futureswithoutviolence.org, a non-profit organization which helps raise awareness about domestic violence and how to stop the cycle of abuse. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Melissa Benoist reveals she's a survivor of domestic violence," 27 Nov. 2019 Just for starters, Monroe is asking the state for $150 million to raise roads, elevate homes and move critical buildings to higher ground. Alex Harris, orlandosentinel.com, "The Keys face huge bill to survive sea rise. They’re asking Florida for help," 27 Nov. 2019 The Republican Senate majority leader will introduce a bill to raise the purchase age from 18 to 21 nationwide. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Bullitt County Public Schools to sue Juul for creating 'epidemic of nicotine addiction'," 27 Nov. 2019 During that time, the woman’s health started declining, leading her husband to reach out to Lifesprk to raise concerns. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Nurse sentenced to 18 months in prison after stealing painkillers from patient in Columbia Heights," 27 Nov. 2019 Testa says Disney likely will raise prices across the board, including on multiday tickets. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Disneyland's 2020 price increase is just around the corner. Here's what to expect," 26 Nov. 2019 Bleachers have been added to raise seating capacity from the usual 4,000 to 4,7000, Loyola athletic director Chris O’Donnel said. Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, "San Juan Hills-Loyola Division 4 final to be played at Loyola," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 2016, a survey of 2,000 full-time employees by software maker Cornerstone on Demand found that 89% of respondents would consider making a lateral career move without getting a raise. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The surprisingly effective retention power of lateral career moves," 21 Nov. 2019 Employees in other categories also received raises. Ashley Mcbride, ExpressNews.com, "Judson ISD employees get revised raises from higher attendance," 21 Nov. 2019 Two years ago, the bank's employees got a raise to a minimum of $15 an hour, according to a company press release. Evelina Nedlund, CNN, "Bank of America will pay a $20 minimum wage a year earlier than planned," 4 Nov. 2019 Third baseman Nolan Arenado is getting a raise from $26 million to $35 million and right fielder Charlie Blackmon will make $21 million. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ offseason questions: Trevor Story’s raise, big-money contracts for bad relievers," 22 Oct. 2019 Nearly all of these groups also received a raise last year. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Public Schools inked a new contract. Teachers can make up to $90,000 next year.," 13 Nov. 2019 Regardless, Story will like get a raise from $5 million to near $11 million via the arbitration process. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: Colorado’s “train wreck” pitching, hot stove updates, juiced baseballs and more," 6 Nov. 2019 Jesse Davis went undrafted, worked his way up to the Dolphins’ active roster from the practice squad, and has become one of the team’s most reliable offensive linemen, also receiving a raise before the season. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Beat Adam Gase and ruin chance at top pick? Winless Dolphins face unique situation hosting former coach, Jets," 2 Nov. 2019 Ohio deserves a raise This group aims to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, statewide. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Cleveland Rising aspires to greatness, needs a way forward," 31 Oct. 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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Time Traveler for raise

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The first known use of raise was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Raise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raiser. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for raise

raise

verb
How to pronounce raise (audio)

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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