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Meaning of raise by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English raisen, reisen, from Old Norse reisa ( “to raise” ), from Proto-Germanic *raisijanan, *raizijanan ( “to raise” ), causative form of Proto-Germanic *rīsanan ( “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 .


    • enPR: rāz, IPA: /reɪz/, X-SAMPA: /reIz/
    • Homophone: rase, rays, raze
    • Rhymes: -eɪz


    raise ( third-person singular simple present raises present participle raising, simple past and past participle raised )

    1. To cause to rise .
      Raise your hand if want to say something .
    2. To collect .
      He raises a lot of money for charity .
    3. To bring up; to grow .
      We visited a farm where they raise chickens .
      Chew with your mouth shutwere you raised in a barn?
    4. ( 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 .
    5. ( 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 .
    6. ( arithmetic ) To exponentiate, to involute .
      Two raised to the fifth power equals 32 .
    7. ( linguistics, transitive, of a verb ) To extract ( a subject or other verb argument ) out of an inner clause.
    8. ( transitive ) To cause ( a dead person ) to live again, to cause to be undead .
      The magic spell raised the dead!


    Derived terms

    Derived terms


    • aesir, Aesir, Æsir, aires, Aries, arise, ERISA, reais

Explanation of raise by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cause to become alive again

    2. raise from the dead
      Upraising ghosts
    3. raise the level or amount of something

    4. raise my salary
      raise the price of bread
    5. increase

    6. put an end to

    7. raise a siege
    8. raise in rank or condition

    9. invigorate or heighten

    10. bring ( a surface or a design ) into relief and cause to project

    11. raised edges
    12. multiply ( a number ) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3

    13. establish radio communications with

    14. They managed to raise Hanoi last night
    15. activate or stir up

    16. raise a mutiny
    17. cause to be heard or known

    18. raise a shout
      raise a protest
      raise a sad cry
    19. pronounce ( vowels ) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth

    20. raise your `o'
    21. put forward for consideration or discussion

    22. raise the question of promotions
    23. cause to assemble or enlist in the military

    24. raise an army
    25. bet more than the previous player

    26. bid ( one's partner's suit ) at a higher level

    27. summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

    28. raise the specter of unemployment
    29. construct, build, or erect

    30. Raise a barn
    31. cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques

    32. We raise hogs here
    33. create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise

    34. raise hell
      raise the roof
      raise Cain
    35. call forth ( emotions, feelings, and responses )

    36. raise a smile
    37. move upwards

    38. raise from a lower to a higher position

    39. Raise your hands
    40. cause to puff up with a leaven

    41. collect funds for a specific purpose

    42. The President raised several million dollars for his college
    43. give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

    44. bring up

    45. raise a family
    1. the act of raising something

    2. fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up
    3. increasing the size of a bet ( as in poker )

    4. I'll see your raise and double it
    5. the amount a salary is increased

    6. he got a 3% raise
    7. an upward slope or grade ( as in a road )