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raise

verb

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1 to move from a lower to a higher place or position
  • he asked members of the audience to raise their hands if they had been to his show before

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2 to bring to maturity through care and education
  • since she was only two when her mother died, the girl was raised mainly by her aunt

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3 to bring (something volatile or intense) into being
  • a proposal to cover the library's red brick with vinyl siding raised a mighty ruckus with those favoring historical preservation

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4 to draw out (something hidden, latent, or reserved)
  • the lawsuit raised old resentments that had never been completely extinguished

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5 to fix in an upright position
  • the mattress will fit into the moving truck only if we raise it on its side

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7 to look after or assist the growth of by labor and care
  • raises ducks, geese, and other exotic fowl ultimately destined for the dinner table

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9 to move higher in rank or position
  • he was recently raised to lieutenant in the fire department

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10 to present or bring forward for discussion
  • one member of the tour raised the subject of appropriate attire for visits to sacred sites in the Holy Land

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11 to make known (as an idea, emotion, or opinion)
  • too afraid to raise an objection

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raise

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of raise (Entry 2 of 2)

something added (as by growth)
  • the school board approved a raise in the maximum family income for students qualifying for reduced-price lunches

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Frequently Asked Questions About raise

How does the verb raise contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of raise are boost, elevate, heave, hoist, lift, and rear. While all these words mean "to move from a lower to a higher place or position," raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position.

scouts raising a flagpole

In what contexts can boost take the place of raise?

The synonyms boost and raise are sometimes interchangeable, but boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push.

boosted his brother over the fence

How does the word elevate relate to other synonyms for raise?

Elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied.

elevated the taste of the public

When might heave be a better fit than raise?

In some situations, the words heave and raise are roughly equivalent. However, heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain.

heaved the heavy crate inside

When could hoist be used to replace raise?

The words hoist and raise can be used in similar contexts, but hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means.

hoisted the cargo on board

When is it sensible to use lift instead of raise?

Although the words lift and raise have much in common, lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight.

lift the chair while I vacuum

How do rear and raise relate to one another?

Rear may add an element of suddenness to raise.

suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs

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The first known use of raise was in the 13th century

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“Raise.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/raise. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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