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
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 Flight attendants and passengers complained about a Muslim passenger, but the co-pilot saw nothing unusual about the man, and Delta's security office said his record raised no concern. CBS News, "Delta fined $50,000 for booting off Muslim passengers from flights," 24 Jan. 2020 Hernandez was raised in the well-enough-to-do Connecticut suburbs. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Football Is the Villain in Aaron Hernandez’s True Crime Story," 24 Jan. 2020 There were near constant meltdowns and several train derailments raised safety concerns. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "Andy Byford Resigns as New York City’s Subway Chief," 23 Jan. 2020 Zadina has earned the right to think about other things, having shown such tremendous improvement since an unimpressive showing during exhibition season raised concerns about his development. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings play 'stupid,' Filip Zadina plays smart with Steve Yzerman watching," 23 Jan. 2020 Travel operators suspended itineraries with stops there, raising concerns of a slump during what is usually one of the most lucrative weeks of the year. Vivian Wang, BostonGlobe.com, "Wuhan, center of coronavirus outbreak, is being cut off by Chinese authorities," 22 Jan. 2020 The city medical examiner’s office released stunning data this week, showing deaths from fentanyl increased from 90 to 234 between 2018 and 2019, raising concerns and new calls for intervention. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "‘It’s a wake-up call’ — fentanyl crisis grips San Francisco as body count skyrockets," 22 Jan. 2020 The proposed regulatory requirement follows similar but unsuccessful legislation last year and is raising concerns among not only environmentalists but also some conservatives who see it as heavy-handed favoritism. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Analysts say new 'coal bailout' could hike customer bills and keep coal plants running," 21 Jan. 2020 The reputations of these podcasts depend in significant measure on their reliability and accuracy, and the hosts are apt to air corrections whenever issues are raised. Hugh Eakin, Harper's magazine, "Selective Hearing," 19 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Missouri prison guards are among the lowest paid in the nation even after Parson earmarked money for raises in the current budget. USA TODAY, "Puppy wins lotto, alligators, mountain lions, Dunkin Donuts wedding: News from around our 50 states," 30 Dec. 2019 There’s going to be some guys looking for some big raises. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon State beat reporter goes 1-on-1 in front of Washington State game," 22 Nov. 2019 Last year was the fifth consecutive year the Glassman administration increased funding to the school system and provided funding for raises for teachers, Cindy Mumby, spokeswoman for Harford County government, said. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Harford schools superintendent wants to add teachers in next year’s budget after 600-student enrollment spike," 20 Nov. 2019 More than 80 percent are in line for the bigger raises. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange school board approves new teacher salary plan," 8 Nov. 2019 Other key players in line for significant raises via the arbitration process are righty starter Jon Gray, righty relievers Scott Oberg and Carlos Estevez. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: Colorado’s “train wreck” pitching, hot stove updates, juiced baseballs and more," 6 Nov. 2019 The Milwaukee Brewers cleared some $15 million off their books for 2020 on Monday, creating flexibility for raises for arbitration-eligible players as well as some shopping on the free-agent market. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers trade Chase Anderson to Toronto, decide not to exercise 2020 option on Eric Thames," 4 Nov. 2019 At the 2014 gathering, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during an on-stage interview that women don’t need to ask for raises and should put their trust in the system. David Ingram, NBC News, "Turning the tables: Women in tech job interviews have questions of their own," 9 Oct. 2019 The person hired will have to deal with a payroll crunch that includes finding room for raises for Betts from $20 million and Jackie Bradley Jr. from $8.55 million. Kyle Hightower, courant.com, "Bullpen blows E-Rod’s 20th win, Red Sox beat O’s anyway," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for raise

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Raise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raising. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for raise

raise

verb
How to pronounce raise (audio)

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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