raw

adjective
\ ˈrȯ How to pronounce raw (audio) \
rawer\ ˈrȯ(-​ə)r How to pronounce raw (audio) \; rawest\ ˈrȯ-​əst How to pronounce raw (audio) \

Definition of raw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not cooked
2a(1) : being in or nearly in the natural state : not processed or purified raw fibers raw sewage
(2) : not diluted or blended raw spirits
b : unprepared or imperfectly prepared for use
c : not being in polished, finished, or processed form raw data a raw draft of a thesis
3a(1) : having the surface abraded or chafed
(2) : very irritated a raw sore throat
b : lacking covering : naked
c : not protected : susceptible to hurt raw emotions
4a : lacking experience or understanding : green a raw recruit
b(1) : marked by absence of refinements
(2) : vulgar, coarse raw language
c : not tempered : unbridled raw power
5 : disagreeably damp or cold a raw winter day

raw

noun

Definition of raw (Entry 2 of 2)

: a raw place or state
in the raw
1 : in a natural, unrefined, or crude state
2 : naked slept in the raw

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Other Words from raw

Adjective

rawly adverb
rawness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for raw

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

rude, rough, crude, raw mean lacking in social refinement. rude implies ignorance of or indifference to good form; it may suggest intentional discourtesy. rude behavior rough is likely to stress lack of polish and gentleness. rough manners crude may apply to thought or behavior limited to the gross, the obvious, or the primitive. a crude joke raw suggests being untested, inexperienced, or unfinished. turning raw youths into polished performers

Examples of raw in a Sentence

Adjective He entered the raw data into a spreadsheet. The shoes rubbed my heels raw. His throat was raw from the cold air. Noun a secluded swimming hole where we could swim in the raw
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And unlike some trackers that only offer the raw data, Xiaomi makes an effort to synthesize the data and offer actionable feedback to improve your sleep. Dave Johnson, Forbes, "6 Sleep Trackers To Help Pinpoint Why You’re Always So Tired," 6 Apr. 2021 Additional processing of the raw data from Hubble has provided scientists (and, luckily, the rest of us) with an even more detailed look at the waves of gas. Mike Wehner, BGR, "This Hubble image is so incredible you’ll swear it’s fake," 2 Apr. 2021 Some members of the expert team have raised concerns about China’s refusal to share raw data about early Covid-19 cases. New York Times, "W.H.O. Inquiry on the Pandemic’s Origin: What We Know," 30 Mar. 2021 Tedros, who has largely steered clear of calling out China, said Tuesday that team members raised concerns to him about access to raw epidemiological data needed for the report. Washington Post, "WHO chief calls out China’s lack of transparency ahead of joint mission report on virus origins," 30 Mar. 2021 At the end of the day, the devices plug into a tray and the raw data is uploaded. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "How a domino-sized device is keeping March Madness 2021 basketball players safe," 29 Mar. 2021 Evans expects the vaccine will be approved when the FDA is able to review the raw data. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why the FDA Is Taking Its Time to Approve the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine," 29 Mar. 2021 The stage seemed to be set for an emergency-use approval by May, after an F.D.A. review of the raw data and a hearing by its vaccine-advisory committee. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Why There Is So Much Confusion About the AstraZeneca Vaccine," 23 Mar. 2021 The Delft lab released raw data from its 2018 experiment Monday. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Microsoft-Led Team Retracts Disputed Quantum-Computing Paper," 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Raw beef stored above raw shelled eggs, crab and shrimp. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Sauce containers reused at tables among violations found in Phoenix-area restaurant inspections," 4 Mar. 2020 Several open pans of raw shelled eggs stored directly above ready-to-eat leafy greens in cooler. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Sky Harbor Airport restaurant has 4 violations on this week’s restaurant inspections," 15 Jan. 2020 Employee cracked a raw shelled egg with gloved hands then handled a clean plate and kitchen utensils without washing hands between tasks. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Sliders prepared with bare hands among violations in Phoenix-area restaurant inspections," 25 Dec. 2019 Tim RoneyGetty Images Her 1995 raw, ragey, best-selling album, Jagged Little Pill, spoke to a generation—and inspired a musical of the same name, opening on Broadway this month. Alanis Morissette, Marie Claire, "Alanis Morissette Wants Men to "Wake Up From Their Trance of Patriarchy"," 8 Nov. 2019 Cooked rice, dosa batter, Biryani, sauces, chicken, shredded cabbage, milk, yogurt and raw shelled eggs not kept cold enough. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Sauce kept in home improvement store bucket among violations on this week's restaurant inspection list," 19 June 2019 Cartons of raw shelled eggs and tofu at improper temperature. Ryan Santistevan, azcentral, "Restaurant inspections: Handwashing a problem at six eateries," 9 May 2018 The Peanut Barn buys raw shelled peanuts to cook and flavor or grind into paste for its handcrafted and popular Natural Peanut Butter. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "'Buy local' food programs deceive consumers and are rarely enforced, a USA TODAY Network investigation finds," 2 Mar. 2018 Or the movie that’s making viewers pass out, like that cannibal horror film Raw. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Jennifer Lawrence’s Boyfriend, Darron Aronofsky, Doesn’t Understand Her Housewives Obsession," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of raw

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raw

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English hrēaw; akin to Old High German hrō raw, Latin crudus raw, cruor blood, Greek kreas flesh

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The first known use of raw was before the 12th century

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12 Apr 2021

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“Raw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raw. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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raw

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of raw

: not cooked
: in a natural state : not treated or prepared
: not yet organized or changed in any way

raw

adjective
\ ˈrȯ How to pronounce raw (audio) \
rawer; rawest

Kids Definition of raw

1 : not cooked raw fish
2 : having the skin scraped or roughened She had raw red hands.
3 : being in or nearly in the natural state : not treated or prepared raw sewage
4 : not trained or experienced raw recruits
5 : unpleasantly damp or cold a raw day
6 : lacking a normal or usual finish the raw edge of a seam

Other Words from raw

rawness noun

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