\ 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



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

Other Words from raise


raiser noun

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Eager to avoid repeating the sluggish response to HIV/AIDS, authorities are working with gay health advocacy organizations, dating apps and event organizers to raise awareness of monkeypox and share advice on how to stop its spread. Denise Roland And Jon Kamp, WSJ, 26 June 2022 The answer missed the boat by ignoring the obvious disparity, but Gordon was able to raise awareness to seek -- and witness -- a more pragmatic solution. Marc Bona, cleveland, 25 June 2022 The Suns continue to push their support of Brittney Griner's return to the U.S. with the release of coach Monty Williams' video Thursday, aiming to raise awareness about her imprisonment in Russia. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2022 Grubbs’ group plans to stage a demonstration in August to raise awareness about the unjust dismissals of Black doctors and trainees. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 23 June 2022 Farmer said there was a push to raise awareness about the harms of opioid use before the pandemic, but COVID-19 shut down those efforts. Fox News, 23 June 2022 Stronger Together Initiative in partnership with Gamesa Cookies, to raise awareness of their creative arts scholarship program. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 23 June 2022 In the wake of these new findings, the CDC is now hoping to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing in the run up to National HIV Testing Day on June 27. Jessie Dimartino, ABC News, 23 June 2022 Newton’s Department of Senior Services, together with the Council on Aging, organized the screening to engage the city’s senior community and raise awareness of the topic, said director Jayne Colino. Cici Yu And Jesús Marrero Suárez, BostonGlobe.com, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 26-year-old starter was headed into the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, placing him less than a year away from his first shot at free agency and a potentially significant raise in his second contract. Joel A. Erickson, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 The 26-year-old starter was headed into the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, placing him less than a year away from his first shot at free agency and a potentially significant raise in his second contract. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 15 June 2022 Its valuation shot up to $32 billion after a $500 million raise in January. Isabel Contreras, Forbes, 7 June 2022 The budget reflects a five percent employee raise in each department. al, 17 May 2022 The judges are scheduled to get another 5% raise in the next fiscal year. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 2 May 2022 The organization is seeking a raise in wages, reduction of student fees that workers are charged, better health care, adding no-lockout language to the contracts and trying to overhaul their nondiscrimination and harassment policy. Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 While the technicians gained an undisclosed pay raise in the new agreement, Rizzo said the 23 days without pay during the strike will take years for the workers to make up. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, 7 Apr. 2022 Adjusted for inflation, which is currently at its highest point in 40 years, the raise for CEOs in 2021 was only about 1.3% over the previous year, according to an analysis from economics blogger Kevin Drum. Andrew Marquardt, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of raise


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raise


Middle English reisen, raisen, from Old Norse reisa — more at rear

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More Definitions for raise


\ 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



Kids Definition of raise (Entry 2 of 2)

: an increase in amount (as of pay)

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