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

But make no mistake: The 25-year-old Parisian singer was actually raised in Geneva by her Swiss-German father and Ethiopian mother. Vogue, "A Swiss-Parisian Singer Shares the 7 Secrets to Her Discreet-Chic Style," 19 Mar. 2019 People pointed out that as Erdem Moralioglu was raised in between Canada and the U.K., the choice to wear his designs could be intended as a symbolic sign of unity between the two countries. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Steps Out in a Sequined Erdem Coat During a Commonwealth Day Engagement," 11 Mar. 2019 The car exited off the tunnel onto an elevator floor in a narrow pit where we were slowly raised back up to street level, in a small parking lot next to some residential buildings. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Ars takes a first tour of the length of The Boring Company’s test tunnel," 19 Dec. 2018 Economists are pushing farther out into the future their forecasts for when the Federal Reserve will next raise interest rates, and a growing number say the central bank’s next move will be a rate cut. David Harrison, WSJ, "WSJ Survey: Economists See Fed Putting Off Next Rate Increase," 14 Mar. 2019 In addition to their successful careers in entertainment, Pompeo and Ivery are also raising three young kids: Stella Luna, born 2009; Sienna May, born 2014; and Eli Christopher, born 2016. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Ellen Pompeo’s Husband Chris Ivery Doesn't Watch 'Grey's Anatomy' and We Totally Get It," 1 Mar. 2019 Some, such as former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his own $110 million contribution to the midterm Democrats, have raised and spent big money that helped elect the newcomers. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Belles of the ball: Dem freshmen courted by 2020 hopefuls," 19 Feb. 2019 As the song picks up speed, Cooper starts raising his hands and rocking out, air-punching like an obsessed fan who’s been brought on stage. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Brought Bradley Cooper On Stage For A Duet in Las Vegas Last Night," 27 Jan. 2019 This year was no exception, as 2018 was a banner year for people — especially young people — raising their voices and being heard. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Protest Tactics We Loved in 2018," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to The New York Times, going into tech came with a raise, which Kern would not disclose. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Who Will Replace Adam Moss at New York Magazine?," 15 Jan. 2019 Before that, his last raise — roughly $5,000 a year — was in 2006, the suit says. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Former Trump chauffeur sues, claiming years of unpaid OT," 9 July 2018 California judges are closer to getting a payout from a long-running lawsuit alleging the state miscalculated their raises during the recession and interest on their earnings continues to pile up at a rate of 10 percent each year. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "$40 million payout for California judges nears as state loses lawsuit," 28 June 2018 This wasn’t the first time Feldman faced flak when his yearly raise came before the City Commission. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale city manager defying mayor's call to move on," 23 June 2018 After nearly two years on the job, Propp got her first raise in April. Danielle Paquette, chicagotribune.com, "Americans with disabilities are finding new leverage in a tight job market," 21 June 2018 Robinson said the township board approved her raise. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Calumet trustee faces primary challenge from Gary councilwoman," 24 Apr. 2018 The thousands of protesters, many wearing white teachers’ robes, came from across Morocco to Rabat to seek salary raises and promotions and protest the limited opportunities for low-ranking teachers, who earn an average of 400 euros ($454) a month. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Morocco: Arab Spring anniversary brings reflection, beatings," 20 Feb. 2019 By contrast, the pay raises will cost American $1 billion over three years. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Employers will do almost anything to find workers to fill jobs — except pay them more," 10 July 2018

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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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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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