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 The system seemed designed to take over life, distort opinions, attract bad actors, raise voices and destroy civility. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, "19th-Century America’s Partisan Warfare," 27 Apr. 2021 Armed with a preternatural beauty and sense of herself, Symone continued to raise the bar on the runway (the du-rag train, the boxer getup, the beads) and prove her talents as a performer in the commercial and acting challenges. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Drag Race Winner Symone on What Season 13 Taught Her About Perfection," 26 Apr. 2021 Investors’ enthusiasm for stocks with low-carbon credentials has enabled smaller uranium companies to raise cash and buy uranium. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Uranium Miners Seeking a Foothold Take Unorthodox Approach: Buying Uranium," 26 Apr. 2021 White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke AL.com on Friday in an effort to raise awareness of the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccine and encourage Alabamians to get vaccinated. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Fauci exclusive on COVID fight, vaccines: ‘Alabamians want to get back to what they do’," 23 Apr. 2021 But many small businesses can’t raise wages to compete with unemployment benefits and so are unable to incentivize employees to return to work. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Could extra unemployment until September harm the economic recovery?," 23 Apr. 2021 Experts think that's because visceral fat makes more inflammatory proteins that narrow blood vessels, raise blood pressure and inflame tissues and organs. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "It's time to measure your waistline, according to new recommendations. Belly fat raises your risk for disease," 22 Apr. 2021 These documents can show how candidates raise and spend money in federal elections and provide insight on who might be running for what offices in the 2022 and 2024 elections. Amanda Luberto, The Arizona Republic, "Gaggle Podcast: Did donors punish AZ's GOP delegation for the Jan. 6 insurrection?," 21 Apr. 2021 The offering was expected to raise as much as $600 million and valued the firm at $8 billion. Los Angeles Times, "Endeavor plans to raise over $500 million in IPO," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The group is urging a 10% increase to NIH’s base budget, which under the Biden proposal appears to get a smaller raise. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Biden wants $6.5 billion for new health agency to speed treatments," 9 Apr. 2021 Next week, we Burr Ridge residents get to vote whether the next Mayor (aka, Village President/CEO) deserves to get a raise from $6,000 a year to $12,000 per year? chicagotribune.com, "Letter: Please Support, and Pay, your Mayors," 29 Mar. 2021 University and community college staff also would get a 7.5% raise over the two years. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Cooper's $56B biennium budget proposal includes $3B for state employee pay increases," 25 Mar. 2021 If the minimum wage rose to $15 an hour, more than one in three women of color would get a raise. Rachel Thomas, Fortune, "This Equal Pay Day, fight for the Black women and Latinas hit hardest by the pandemic," 24 Mar. 2021 Nobody at the spark plug factory can get a raise if sales are declining. Frank Lavin, Forbes, "Why Technology Makes Us Unhappy," 10 Mar. 2021 Outfielder Ian Happ defeated the Cubs in baseball’s final salary arbitration case this year and will get a raise from $624,000 to $4.1 million. BostonGlobe.com, "Indians’ Terry Francona recovering after surgery following staph infection," 19 Feb. 2021 Harris made more than $11 million in 2020 and likely will get a raise from that in a multi-year deal. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "The 3 Browns moves that could change the defense like 3 moves last offseason changed the offense: Doug Lesmerises," 24 Jan. 2021 Cain said her first boss in a different department refused to give her a raise, despite getting praised for her work. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, "Minnesota DHS grapples with charges of 'toxic environment' for employees of color, Native Americans," 8 Sep. 2020

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

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Last Updated

29 Apr 2021

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“Raise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raise. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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