\ˈrāz \
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



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


raiser noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of raise in a Sentence


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.


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

He was born and raised in Milan, but his family is from Sardinia. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Born and raised in central London, her parents dabbled in the arts (including, according to Heindorff, her mom working as an extra in things like Little Shop of Horrors and Blade Runner). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Cody Wilson was Defense Distributed—so who is the organization’s new leader?," 6 Oct. 2018 Born in Rome and raised in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Florida (her father is a journalist), Miller started doing community theater at the age of 14. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Allison Miller Hopes A Million Little Things Will Inspire People to Talk More Openly About Therapy," 26 Sep. 2018 The Teal Pumpkin Project began as a way of not only raising awareness of food allergies, but also including those with them in the fun of Halloween. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying A Teal Pumpkin This Halloween," 25 Sep. 2018 Syd enjoyed raising home grown vegetables and even grew popcorn. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Sydney R. Goodrich," 14 July 2018 Possibilities could include the city offering hefty pay raises in exchange for the unions agreeing that new employees will continue to receive the 401(k)-style plans instead of pensions. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 Told mainly in Williams’s own voice and aided with the likes of Billy Crystal, David Letterman, and others close to him, the film begins with his life raised as an only child in Chicago and ends with his untimely death in 2014. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "The Legendary Robin Williams was Missed and Reminisced at the New York City Premiere for Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," 14 July 2018 After Parkland, Medina swung into action, raising additional funds from St. Brendan parents to overhaul the school’s security. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ojeda had strongly criticized lawmakers about the 1 percent raise and introduced several other bills with the teachers in mind. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "He just lost a congressional race for West Virginia’s Third District.," 12 Nov. 2018 President Trump has complained about the dollar’s recent rise and criticized the Fed’s rate raises. WSJ, "Dollar Surges Amid Political Turbulence Abroad," 12 Nov. 2018 After a long-running impasse, the board also finalized contracts with the two largest unions, providing workers small cost-of-living raises. Fox News, "DC Metro chief gets $37.5K raise despite worker objections," 28 Sep. 2018 Groups representing black and Hispanic employees sent Khosrowshahi a letter in recent weeks outlining the difficulties that minorities at Uber have had in the past year with promotions and raises, according to four people familiar with the letter. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 Some critics say council members already make too much and should have any raises tied to performance and accomplishments. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Proposed ballot measure would hike pay for San Diego elected officials," 12 July 2018 In recent months, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections has tried to combat the problem with raises and incentives. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP leaders say wage increases not on table despite Wisconsin prison overtime costs, staffing shortage," 12 July 2018 While Texas ranked high for infrastructure and economy, some areas the state did not do so well in raise legitimate concerns for the state's future. Francisca Ortega, Houston Chronicle, "CNBC ranks Texas No. 1 for business, but offers residents a few warnings," 11 July 2018 The 12-year veteran agreed to terms on July 1 at the start of the NBA’s 2018 free agency period after opting out of the final year of his contract, a move that resulted in him receiving about a $2 million raise. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs officially sign Gay, Bertans, Walker," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of raise


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raise


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

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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)



English Language Learners Definition of raise (Entry 2 of 2)

: an increase in the amount of your pay


\ˈrāz \
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



Kids Definition of raise (Entry 2 of 2)

: an increase in amount (as of pay)

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