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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: 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 This confection shop in the Highlands specializes in raw, organic desserts including chocolates, cakes and more. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for Valentine's Day treats in Louisville? Where to find all things heart-shaped," 4 Feb. 2020 Simmons has spent the past 3 days poring over the 11 papers Pruitt has written for his journal, going back to a data repository now mandated by his journal and others to check raw data. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider biologist denies suspicions of widespread data fraud in his animal personality research," 31 Jan. 2020 Don’t just cut it up raw, toss it together in your pan or grill, and hope for the best. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, "7 Rules for the Greatest Venison Backstrap of Your Life," 29 Jan. 2020 The singer earned a standing ovation for her raw, stirring performance. P. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Demi Lovato's Emotional Performance of "Anyone" Earned a Standing Ovation at Grammys 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 Zatik products are nutrient-rich, made with raw, unprocessed organic and essential oils that contain super-critical, concentrated extracts. Woman's Day, "Made by Nature, Backed by Science," 21 Jan. 2020 In October 2019, the city sealed a deal with Houston to boost the amount of raw, untreated water League City receives. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Local cities join in project to replace aging water pipeline," 15 Jan. 2020 And, in a potentially far-reaching move, the EPA has proposed a rule to limit regulators from using scientific research unless the underlying raw data can be made public. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — In just three years, the Trump administration has diminished the role of science in federal policymaking while halting or disrupting research projects nationwide, marking a transformation of the federal government whose effects, experts said, could reverberate for years.," 29 Dec. 2019 By sifting through huge amounts of raw health data, such techniques can often teach the system to find hidden patterns and connections among data points that humans—and human medical knowledge—might fail to recognize. Jeremy Hsu, Quartz, "How using a medical startup’s AI “symptom checker” could go very wrong," 13 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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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Last Updated

17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Raw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raw. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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