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 When demand is high, farmers raise more egg-laying chickens. Greg Petro, Forbes, "Sustainable Retail Is Unsustainable. Let’s Redefine It.," 7 May 2021 Popping toys raise the perennial question of whether and when fidget toys might be useful. Katherine Isbister, The Conversation, "Popping toys, the latest fidget craze, might reduce stress for adults and children alike," 7 May 2021 Some stick to only one species; others raise a variety. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms," 6 May 2021 The unexpected firings raise several questions that need to be answered. Vincent Z. Mercogliano, USA TODAY, "Rangers fire team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton in shocking move," 5 May 2021 The championships raise the number of national titles earned by Alaska youth and adult teams to 18, according to a USA Hockey list of national champions that dates back to 1938. Anchorage Daily News, "2 youth hockey teams from Anchorage bring home national championships," 5 May 2021 But the images raise confronting questions nonetheless, with Hegen observing that the aviation industry has long profited from the very human interconnectivity that has, inadvertently, aided Covid-19's spread. CNN, "Aerial photos reveal hidden beauty of airports," 4 May 2021 Results like these raise the question of whether CEOs are responding not to public outcry but to the targeted pressure of an ideological activist minority. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, "‘Woke’ CEOs: Risky Business or the Next Great Awakening?," 3 May 2021 His actions raise questions about whether the disenfranchisement of felons should be tolerable in a democracy. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Racist Cop Threatened to Weaponize the Law to Disenfranchise Black Voters," 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In March, Sweet Flower announced its initial external raise — a $15 million Series A round led by AFI Capital Partners with other investors from the retail, media, entertainment and finance sectors. Katie Shapiro, Forbes, "How Sweet Flower, A Celeb-Favorite Cannabis Boutique, Is Raising The Retail Bar In California," 6 May 2021 The study showed that our pay raise resulted in a 4.7% increase in the average hourly wage among other employers in the same labor market. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Read Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s Letter to Shareholders," 15 Apr. 2021 Other Republicans -- bolstered by the angst of the powerful business community -- have blasted the Biden administration for using a raise in the corporate tax rate to pay for it. Phil Mattingly, CNN, "Effort to include Republicans on infrastructure plan falling flat on Capitol Hill," 14 Apr. 2021 Last year, the Patriots kept Gilmore happy by giving him a raise from $11 million to $14.7 million. BostonGlobe.com, "Will Stephon Gilmore remain a Patriot in 2021? ‘It’s out of my control’," 12 Apr. 2021 Ossip did not get a salary increase in 2020, but the board of directors approved a $100,000 raise in annual salary for 2021. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "CEO Paywatch: Ceredian CEO Ossip surpasses $100M threshold in 2020," 5 Mar. 2021 The Senate version of the bill does not include language that would have required a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, for example. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, "Senate takes up COVID-19 relief package as GOP aims to block passage," 4 Mar. 2021 The announcement comes at a moment of debate over the federal minimum wage, which has remained at $7.25 an hour since 2009, the longest stretch without a raise in the base wage's history. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Costco to increase its minimum wage to $16 next week, CEO says," 25 Feb. 2021 In what has become almost an Oaklawn tradition another raise in purses for all overnight races was also announced. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | WALLY HALL: Oaklawn reschedules 27 races that were snowed out," 19 Feb. 2021

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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

11 May 2021

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“Raise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raise. Accessed 18 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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