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raise  (reɪz


verb (mainly transitive)

  1. to move, cause to move, or elevate to a higher position or level; lift
  2. to set or place in an upright position
  3. to construct, build, or erect   ⇒ to raise a barn
  4. to increase in amount, size, value, etc   ⇒ to raise prices
  5. to increase in degree, strength, intensity, etc   ⇒ to raise one's voice
  6. to advance in rank or status; promote
  7. to arouse or awaken from or as if from sleep or death
  8. to stir up or incite; activate   ⇒ to raise a mutiny
  9. See raise Cain

  10. to give rise to; cause or provoke   ⇒ to raise a smile
  11. to put forward for consideration   ⇒ to raise a question
  12. to cause to assemble or gather together; collect   ⇒ to raise an army
  13. to grow or cause to grow   ⇒ to raise a crop
  14. to bring up; rear   ⇒ to raise a family
  15. to cause to be heard or known; utter or express   ⇒ to raise a shout,   ⇒ to raise a protest
  16. to bring to an end; remove   ⇒ to raise a siege,   ⇒ raise a ban
  17. to cause (dough, bread, etc) to rise, as by the addition of yeast
  18. (poker) to bet more than (the previous player)
  19. (bridge) to bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
  20. (nautical) to cause (something) to seem to rise above the horizon by approaching   ⇒ we raised land after 20 days
  21. to establish radio communications with   ⇒ we managed to raise Moscow last night
  22. to obtain (money, funds, capital, etc)
  23. to bring (a surface, a design, etc) into relief; cause to project
  24. to cause (a blister, welt, etc) to form on the skin
  25. to expel (phlegm) by coughing
  26. (phonetics) to modify the articulation of (a vowel) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth
  27. (mathematics) to multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times   ⇒ 8 is 2 raised to the power 3
    1. to institute (a suit or action at law)
    2. to draw up (a summons)
  28. (mainly US & Canadian) to increase the amount payable on (a cheque, money order, etc) fraudulently
  29. (curling) to push (a stone) towards the tee with another stone
  30. See raise an eyebrow

  31. See raise one's glass to

  32. See raise one's hat


  1. the act or an instance of raising
  2. (mainly US & Canadian) an increase, esp in salary, wages, etc; rise

Derived Forms

ˈraisable, ˈraiseable  adjective
ˈraiser  noun

Word Origin

C12: from Old Norse reisa; related to Old English rǣran to rear2


View thesaurus entry
= lift, move up, elevate, uplift, heave
= set upright, lift, elevate
= make louder, heighten, amplify, louden, increase, turn up, intensify, magnify, augment, make higher
= cause, start, produce, create, occasion, provoke, bring about, originate, give rise to, engender
= put forward, suggest, introduce, advance, bring up, broach, moot
= bring up, develop, rear, foster, educate, care for, provide for, nurture
= build, construct, put up, erect
= stir up, cause, excite, foster, provoke, motivate, arouse, evoke, activate, awaken, rouse, incite, instigate, whip up, summon up, kindle, foment, set on foot
= communicate with, reach, contact, get hold of, get in touch with, call forth
= hoist, put up
= rise, pay increase, increment

Translations for 'raise'

  • British English: raise If you raise something, you move it to a higher position.She went to the window and raised the blinds.reɪz VERB
  • Arabic: يُعْلي
  • Brazilian Portuguese: elevar
  • Chinese: 提升
  • Croatian: podići
  • Czech: zvednout zvedat
  • Danish: hæve
  • Dutch: verhogen
  • European Spanish: alzar
  • Finnish: nostaa
  • French: soulever
  • German: hochheben
  • Greek: σηκώνω
  • Italian: alzare
  • Japanese: 上げる
  • Korean: 올리다
  • Norwegian: heve
  • Polish: podnieść podnosić
  • Portuguese: elevar
  • Romanian: a înălța
  • Russian: поднимать
  • Spanish: alzar
  • Swedish: resahöja
  • Thai: ยกขึ้น
  • Turkish: yukarı kaldırmak
  • Ukrainian: піднімати підняти
  • Vietnamese: nâng lên

Example Sentences Including 'raise'

But you will have to raise and lower the sail, and steer a little.
There was a large Jewish population in the area and they did manage to raise the level of discussion and interest in the arts.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
He'd thrown Napier's mouth into the works to raise some information.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)


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