From Middle English raisen, reisen, from Old Norse reisa (“to raise”), from Proto-Germanic *raisijaną, *raizijaną (“to raise”), causative form of Proto-Germanic *rīsaną (“to rise”), from Proto-Indo-European *rei- (“to rise, arise”). Cognate with Old English rāsian (“to explore, examine, research”), Old English rīsan (“to seize, carry off”), Old English rǣran (“to cause to rise, raise, rear, build, create”). More at rear.
- (physical) To cause to rise; to lift or elevate.
- to raise your hand if you want to say something; to raise your walking stick to defend yourself
- To form by the accumulation of materials or constituent parts; to build up; to erect.
- to raise a wall, or a heap of stones
- Bible, Isaiah xxxix. 3
- I will raise forts against thee.
- To cause something to come to the surface of the sea.
- The ship was raised ten years after it had sunk.
- (nautical) To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher by drawing nearer to it.
- to raise Sandy Hook light
- (figuratively) To cause (a dead person) to live again, to cause to be undead.
- The magic spell raised the dead from their graves!
- (military) To remove or break up (a blockade), either by withdrawing the ships or forces employed in enforcing it, or by driving them away or dispersing them.
- (transitive) To create, increase or develop.
- We need to raise the motivation level in the company.
- to raise the quality of the products; to raise the price of goods
- To collect.
- to raise a lot of money for charity; to raise troops
- To bring up; to grow; to promote.
- We visited a farm where they raise chickens.
- Chew with your mouth shut — were you raised in a barn?
- to raise somebody to office
- To mention (a question, issue) for discussion.
- A few important questions were raised after the attack.
- (law) To create; to constitute (a use, or a beneficial interest in property).
- There should be some consideration (i.e. payment or exchange) to raise a use.
- (obsolete) To bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise, come forth, or appear.
- Bible, Deuteronomy xviii. 18.
- I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee.
- John Milton (1608-1674)
- God vouchsafes to raise another world From him [Noah], and all his anger to forget.
1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. […] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?
- Bible, Deuteronomy xviii. 18.
- (poker, intransitive) To respond to a bet by increasing the amount required to continue in the hand.
- John bet, and Julie raised requiring John to put in more money.
- (arithmetic) To exponentiate, to involute.
- Two raised to the fifth power equals 32.
- (linguistics, transitive, of a verb) To extract (a subject or other verb argument) out of an inner clause.
- To increase the nominal value of (a cheque, money order, etc.) by fraudulently changing the writing or printing in which the sum payable is specified.
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raise (plural raises)
- (US) An increase in wages or salary; a rise (UK).
- The boss gave me a raise.
- (weightlifting) A shoulder exercise in which the arms are elevated against resistance.
- (curling) A shot in which the delivered stone bumps another stone forward.
- (poker) A bet which increased the previous bet.