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 Higher temperatures also raise the risk of handling errors by fatigued armorers. Peter Schwartzstein, Scientific American, "Climate Change May Be Blowing Up Arms Depots," 14 Nov. 2019 George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of State, raised concerns about Giuliani steering policy privately. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "5 things to look for as public hearings begin in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump," 14 Nov. 2019 The Purple Aces raised their hands and ran around a silent Rupp Arena after the final horn as the Wildcats slowly walked off. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Evansville shocks No. 1 Kentucky, John Calipari: ‘We made history’," 13 Nov. 2019 That fundraising campaign raised $10 million, according to archival Plain Dealer coverage. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland Food Bank seeks state funding for planned expansion," 13 Nov. 2019 The Purple Aces raised their hands and ran around a silent Rupp Arena after the final horn as the Wildcats slowly walked off. Staff And Wire Reports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball: Evansville upsets No. 1 Kentucky," 13 Nov. 2019 His campaign was raising money as recently as Tuesday evening, telling supporters in an email that the next 24 hours would be the most important in his campaign. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Washed out of Democratic debates, Julián Castro shows no sign of quitting," 13 Nov. 2019 The fact that the Housing Authority and the city picked Beatty Development Group — the company behind the Harbor East and Harbor Point redevelopments — to also lead the Perkins Somerset Old Town redevelopment project also raises eyebrows. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Near posh Harbor East, Baltimore is razing public housing to build new homes. What’s that mean for tenants?," 13 Nov. 2019 The development raises the stakes in what is already acknowledged to be a serious threat to public health. oregonlive, "Twice as many killed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria than thought, feds say, but infections overall are falling," 13 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nearly all of these groups also received a raise last year. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Public Schools inked a new contract. Teachers can make up to $90,000 next year.," 13 Nov. 2019 Regardless, Story will like get a raise from $5 million to near $11 million via the arbitration process. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: Colorado’s “train wreck” pitching, hot stove updates, juiced baseballs and more," 6 Nov. 2019 Jesse Davis went undrafted, worked his way up to the Dolphins’ active roster from the practice squad, and has become one of the team’s most reliable offensive linemen, also receiving a raise before the season. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Beat Adam Gase and ruin chance at top pick? Winless Dolphins face unique situation hosting former coach, Jets," 2 Nov. 2019 Ohio deserves a raise This group aims to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, statewide. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Cleveland Rising aspires to greatness, needs a way forward," 31 Oct. 2019 Bringing the graphic novel to life through film was not without challenges, especially given lean resources: Okupe bootstrapped production costs, partly aided by a $20,000 raise from Kickstarter. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nollywood is one step closer to its first major animated cinema production," 18 Oct. 2019 The increase had been postponed in 2015 and again in 2017 amid worries of a slump in consumer spending, which happened after a previous raise to the tax in 2014. The Economist, "Business this week," 3 Oct. 2019 Your best call is a raise to three spades, showing good three-card support and no longing for notrump. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: Sept. 17, 2019," 17 Sep. 2019 Passing this legislation would mean that millions of women will get a necessary raise. Teen Vogue, "Pramila Jayapal and Ayanna Pressley: Raising The Minimum Wage Is A Women's Issue," 18 July 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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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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