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

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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 All the while, the synths pound pavement with raw, saw-tooth edge. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Griz, Grimes, Nghtmre & Gunna, Deadmau5 & More," 15 Nov. 2019 But if those formats connote superficial engagement with interiority, Leeson’s videos are raw, poignant, and painful. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Pioneering Feminist Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson Gets Timely and Overdue Attention in a New Show," 15 Nov. 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food poisoning can be a result of raw chicken contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria and sometimes with salmonella and Clostridium perfringens bacteria. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "What's the worst that can happen if I eat recalled chicken?," 9 Nov. 2019 One team proved that endangered otters in a Cambodian zoo were killed by their feed — raw chickens infected with bird flu. New York Times, "Scientists Were Hunting for the Next Ebola. Now the U.S. Has Cut Off Their Funding.," 25 Oct. 2019 The inspector found Super Moon Food Mart stored raw chicken above acceptable temperatures – a five-point deduction. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "‘Slime residue,’ flies, roaches: Jefferson County’s 10 worst restaurant health scores for September," 4 Oct. 2019 Medtronic, a medical-device company, had breasts of raw chicken at its booth so surgeons could test the PlasmaBlade, its new soft-tissue-dissection knife. Kate Pickert, Time, "Why the Women Most Likely to Die of Breast Cancer Have Gotten the Least Attention," 1 Oct. 2019 Critics say the washes and sprays underscore how widespread bacteria are in raw chicken. BostonGlobe.com, "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 9 Sep. 2019 New Yorkers were left with more questions than answers on Friday when a colossal amount of raw chicken was found lying on the streets in Brooklyn. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Raw Chicken Inexplicably Found Lying on the Streets in Brooklyn: 'It's Pretty Gross'," 31 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Or the movie that’s making viewers pass out, like that cannibal horror film Raw. Kenzie Bryant, vanityfair.com, "Jennifer Lawrence’s Boyfriend, Darren 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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24 Nov 2019

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“Raw.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raw. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of raw

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