v. raised, rais•ing, n.
1) to move to a higher position; lift up; elevate:
to raise one's hand[/ex]
2) to set upright
3) to cause to rise or stand up; rouse
4) to increase the height or vertical measurement of
5) to increase in amount:
to raise rents[/ex]
6) to increase in degree, intensity, pitch, or force:
to raise one's voice[/ex]
7) to promote the growth or development of; grow or breed:
to raise corn[/ex]
8) to serve in the capacity of parent to; bring up; rear:
to raise children[/ex]
9) to present for consideration; put forward:
to raise a question[/ex]
10) to give rise to; bring about:
to raise a ripple of applause[/ex]
11) to build; erect:
to raise a house[/ex]
12) to restore to life:
to raise the dead[/ex]
13) to stir up:
to raise a rebellion[/ex]
14) to give vigor to; animate:
to raise one's spirits[/ex]
15) cvb to advance in rank or position; elevate:
to raise someone to the peerage[/ex]
16) cvb to assemble or collect:
to raise an army; to raise money[/ex]
17) to utter (a cry, shout, etc.)
18) to cause to be heard:
to raise an alarm[/ex]
19) law to make (an issue at law)
20) to cause (dough or bread) to rise by expansion and become light, as by the use of yeast
21) to increase (the value or price) of a commodity, stock, bond, etc
22) gam
a) to increase (another player's bet) in poker
b) to bet at a higher level than (a preceding bettor)
23) gam to increase (the bid for a bridge contract) by repeating one's partner's bid at a higher level
24) phn to alter the articulation of (a vowel sound) by bringing the tongue closer to the palate
25) to increase the amount specified in (a check, money order, etc.) by fraudulent alteration
26) mil to end (a siege) by withdrawing forces or compelling them to withdraw
27) naut. navig. to cause (something) to rise above the visible horizon by approaching it
28) rtv to establish communication with by radio:
to raise headquarters[/ex]
29) to rise up; arise
30) cvb to lift up:
The window raises easily[/ex]
31) an increase in amount, as of wages
32) the amount of such an increase
33) an act or instance of raising, lifting, etc
34) a raised or ascending place; rise
35) min a mining shaft excavated upward from below
Compare winze I
Etymology: 1150–1200; ME reisen (v.) < ON reisa, c. OE rǣran to rear II, Go -raisjan; causative v. formed on Gmc base of OE rīsan to rise rais′a•ble, raise′a•ble, adj. rais′er, n. usage: Although similar in form and meaning, rise and raise differ in grammatical use. raise is almost always used transitively. Its forms are regular: Raise the window. The flag had been raised before we arrived. raise in the intransitive sense “to rise up” is nonstandard: Dough rises (not raises) better in warm temperature. rise is almost exclusively intransitive in its standard uses. Its forms are irregular: My husband rises around seven. The latest he has ever risen is eight. The sun rose in a cloudless sky. In American English a person receives a raise in salary; in British English, a rise . Both raise and rear are used in the U.S. to refer to the upbringing of children. Although raise in this sense is now standard, it was formerly condemned and is still sometimes criticized.

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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