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

His firm has 76 office locations in 42 U.S. cities and has raised $142 million in venture funding. ... Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Equinox Gyms to Add Co-Working to the Workout," 14 May 2019 Tesla changed around the Model 3 lineup in April, raising prices due to newly standard Autopilot and removing the least expensive Standard Range model from its online ordering. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Tesla Discontinues the "$35,000" Tesla Model 3 By Raising the Price," 14 May 2019 Yesterday, the 33-year-old model, author, and mother of two made a point of dedicating an Instagram post to her #MyWishForMoms initiative, which raises awareness around maternal mental health. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why Chrissy Teigen’s Nude Pregnancy Snap Was a Mother’s Day Mic-Drop," 13 May 2019 Beverly then asks Leonard and Penny to observe their relationship tomorrow, which raises a red flag for Penny. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 10 May 2019 The proper flag etiquette for Memorial Day is to fly the flag at half-staff from sunrise until noon, then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset before lowering it for the day, the Flag Code states. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "The Proper Etiquette for Flying the American Flag, Including on Memorial Day," 10 May 2019 There’s a generation of kids, including my own, who’ve been raised with everybody getting a trophy. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Mika Brzezinski On Her New Book Earn It! and the Best Job Advice She Ever Got," 8 May 2019 The discovery in Tibet makes sense, but also raises several new questions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Tibetan Bone Discovery Rewrites Ancient History," 6 May 2019 Mother's Day is a holiday dedicated to showing appreciation the woman who raised you. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "22 Perfect Mother's Day Puns to Use for Your Instagram Post," 3 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In August 2016, Lyles was the only track coach to not receive a title promotion, pay raise or contract extension, according to the lawsuit. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Former Mizzou assistant track and field coach sues for racial discrimination," 28 June 2018 Describing unions in terms of patient care makes for better PR than discussing raises and employment opportunities. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Nurses, Unite!," 28 June 2018 At most companies, annual raises hover between 3 to 8 percent. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "The $10,000 Salary Jump That Will Actually Make a Difference in Your Life," 9 Apr. 2019 And does the timing of allegations of inappropriate touching raise questions? William A. Galston, WSJ, "How Character Can Win the Next Election," 9 Apr. 2019 The move was part of a package of measures, including a raise in pensions and bonuses, intended to ease the burdens of Egyptians hurt by painful austerity measures in recent years. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Egypt’s leader raises minimum wage by 67 percent," 30 Mar. 2019 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

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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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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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