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raiser (ˈreɪzə) 



  1. a person or thing that raises sth
  2. (agriculture) a person or organization that raises animals or crops   ⇒ cattle-/sheep-raiser
    see fire3, fund2

raise (reɪz Pronunciation for raise


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 to expel (phlegm) by coughing
  25. (phonetics) to modify the articulation of (a vowel) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth
  26. (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)
  27. (mainly US & Canadian) to increase the amount payable on (a cheque, money order, etc) fraudulently
  28. (curling) to push (a stone) towards the tee with another stone
  29. See raise an eyebrow

  30. See raise one's glass to

  31. 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

Example Sentences Including 'raiser'

Belfast Harlequins start as hot favourites given the yardstick of their 52-3 win last February in this curtain raiser to the main event.
Irish Times (2002)
I have become more a fund raiser of late than an educationalist.
She returned to her clubs, attended concerts regularly and worked as a volunteer fund raiser.
McCorquodale, Robin Dansville
The reason: the last part of the evening was to be a curtain raiser for the forthcoming opera, The Fakir Of Benares.
India Today (2001)
Using radar here is preferable to using it between speed zones of 40, 50 and 60km/ h to catch people out as primarily a money raiser.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)


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