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 Now the group was setting out on foot patrols, in part to raise awareness about its services and to monitor the streets. New York Times, "To Combat Anti-Asian Attacks, New Yorkers Join Neighborhood Watch Patrols," 8 Apr. 2021 The 2021 NFL Draft is bringing back its Draft-A-Thon to raise awareness and help communities significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the league announced Thursday. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "NFL Draft-A-Thon to help communities hurt by coronavirus pandemic," 15 Apr. 2021 For now, the Louisville Coalition for Black Maternal Health has hosted programming to raise awareness for Black Maternal Health Week, which has included panel discussions, Q&As, health tips for Black mothers and more. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "'I don’t want women afraid': Why Black maternal health is a community hurdle for Louisville," 15 Apr. 2021 Budweiser is the latest brand to raise awareness for the COVID-19 vaccines by offering free beer to those who get vaccinated. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Budweiser giving away free beer for COVID vaccine with 'Reunited with Buds' giveaway. How to sign up.," 15 Apr. 2021 While the new tool may serve to raise awareness about our current climate crisis, a larger challenge is translating that awareness into action. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration," 15 Apr. 2021 After learning about the case, organizers at IMAN and in the collective took up the case to raise awareness about it and Nashashibi reached out to Kirkland, and the firm agreed to take her case. Annie Sweeney, chicagotribune.com, "With Chicago help, Buffalo officer earns court win in claim she was fired for stopping another cop from using chokehold," 14 Apr. 2021 Lian said Burmese Hoosiers are still seeking support from non-Burmese communities to help raise awareness about what's happening in Myanmar. Natalia E. Contreras, The Indianapolis Star, "How Indiana's Burmese community is leading a movement for democracy," 13 Apr. 2021 Bounds suggested the court order her to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other experts create an instructional and culturally specific Power Point presentation that can be used to raise public awareness about the wildlife laws. oregonlive, "Woman sentenced to probation for unlawful sale of pangolin scales to undercover officer at SE Portland store," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By leading Arkansas as far as the Sweet 16 this season, a year automatically was added to Musselman’s contract with a raise of $250,000. Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, "Source: Musselman reaches new agreement with Razorbacks," 13 Apr. 2021 Investigators have a higher security clearance than the immigration officers, and Mayorkas's plan would potentially come with a pay raise for the thousands of immigration officers, but at the cost of pulling their jobs out from under them. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Biden administration reportedly planning to dismantle ICE immigration enforcement," 22 Feb. 2021 That was before his contract extension at the end of 2019, which likely came with a raise. Dallas News, "SMU football coach Sonny Dykes discusses Tennessee job rumors, if he’d listen to opportunities from other schools," 3 Feb. 2021 Pantheon funded the well with a $30 million capital raise in November. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Small British oil explorer drills Alaska appraisal well in prospect adjacent to haul road," 21 Jan. 2021 Arnett earned $600,000 last season, per USA Today, so even with a raise he could be offered more by Oregon. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Updated: 8 potential defensive coordinator candidates for Oregon Ducks," 12 Jan. 2021 In Minneapolis, employers with 100 or fewer employees are required to pay workers $11.75, with a raise coming July 1 to $12.50. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Many of Minnesota's lowest wage workers to get a raise of 6 to 8 cents an hour," 29 Dec. 2020 Compared with a traditional IPO, a company doing a direct listing with a capital raise would save on underwriting fees typically paid to Wall Street banks. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "SEC Approves NYSE’s Plan for New IPO Alternative," 22 Dec. 2020 His mom, Marilyn, ran a daycare in a church for an $11,000 annual salary, Bielema said, with barely a raise in her entire career. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Bret Bielema, a native of Prophetstown, Ill., said his life has ‘come full circle’ as the new Illinois football coach," 21 Dec. 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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The first known use of raise was in the 13th century

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17 Apr 2021

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“Raise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raise. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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