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 Since the mid-1990s, any ballot measure that would raise taxes for a specific purpose has required a two-thirds majority for passage. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Appellate court sides with SF over Prop. C — affirming simple-majority for citizen ballot measures," 30 June 2020 In its earlier guidance, the Treasury Department said companies that can raise money through other means, such as from investors, would generally not qualify for a PPP loan. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "A company with $600 million in sales got a federal loan meant for small businesses," 26 June 2020 The second component is a live auction already under way that will raise money for the campaign to provide mattresses to children who otherwise might sleep on the floor. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Furniture Bank’s live art auction raises money for No Kids On the Floor," 25 June 2020 The deal, weeks in the making and earlier reported by The Wall Street Journal, will allow SoftBank to sell about two thirds of its stake in T-Mobile through a process that could raise about $20 billion, based on recent share prices. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Sprint’s Old Boss Adds $500 Million Stake in T-Mobile—With Help from SoftBank," 22 June 2020 The former vice president, whose history as a weak fundraiser initially worried some Democrats, has been routinely holding hourlong fundraisers that raise several million dollars per event. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Cash floods into pro-Biden super PAC," 19 June 2020 Guardian Shape up Obesity and related conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cancer are pre-existing conditions that can raise the likelihood of severe illness or death in the COVID-19 pandemic. David Meyer, Fortune, "Here’s when CEOs think their businesses will have recovered from lockdown," 18 June 2020 For example, investments in social media platforms that would raise questions about data storage and privacy will likely receive more scrutiny, Bhandari said. Sherisse Pham And Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "China and India need each other. Just look at technology," 17 June 2020 These differences are often due to government policies, like trade barriers or business subsidies, that raise or lower prices for industries. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Which is the most expensive country in the world?," 13 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Outspoken in her activism on social media, the singer is launching an auction to fund-raise for causes that benefit COVID-19 relief, combat racial injustice and support voting rights. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Demi Lovato Shares How She's Working on Herself — and Relearning to Cry: 'It Was a Beautiful Thing'," 7 July 2020 In Hobsbawm’s case, however, the scale and nature of his achievement raise questions of their own. Mark Mazower, The New York Review of Books, "Clear, Inclusive, and Lasting," 6 July 2020 Adjusting the 2% raise to 7% for hourly employees would have cost the district an additional $13.8 million annually, administrators said. Dallas News, "Dallas school trustees clash over giving coronavirus ‘heroes’ raises," 26 June 2020 The temporary raise, which the retailer extended in April and May, ended Sunday. Mark Dunphy, ExpressNews.com, "H-E-B announces new pay increases as temporary pandemic raises end," 23 June 2020 The company’s final three-year contract proposal would have given production workers a 3 percent raise each year. Washington Post, "Hyundai and LG Chem team up to invest in electric-vehicle and battery start-ups," 22 June 2020 The three-year proposal by Bath Iron Works would have given the production workers a 3 percent raise during each year. BostonGlobe.com, "Bath Iron Works shipbuilders vote to strike," 21 June 2020 The corporation, one of the top 10 largest retailers in the United States, released a statement saying the minimum wage raise will go into effect on July 5. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Target announces implementation of permanent $15 minimum wage," 17 June 2020 Before the debt raise, analysts speculated that AMC may have been forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "AMC Theatres will reopen July 15. Will people show up?," 18 June 2020

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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

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

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Last Updated

9 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Raise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raise. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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