What is the meaning of raise?


  • The amount a salary is increased.
    • usage: "he got a 3% raise"; "he got a wage hike"
  • An upward slope or grade (as in a road. )
    • usage: "the car couldn't make it up the rise"
  • Increasing the size of a bet (as in poker. )
    • usage: "I'll see your raise and double it"
  • The act of raising something.
    • usage: "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"


  • Raise the level or amount of something.
    • usage: "raise my salary"; "raise the price of bread"
  • Raise from a lower to a higher position.
    • usage: "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"
  • Cause to be heard or known; express or utter.
    • usage: "raise a shout"; "raise a protest"; "raise a sad cry"
  • Collect funds for a specific purpose.
    • usage: "The President raised several million dollars for his college"
  • Cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques.
    • usage: "The Bordeaux region produces great red wines"; "They produce good ham in Parma"; "We grow wheat here"; "We raise hogs here"
  • Bring up.
    • usage: "raise a family"; "bring up children"
  • Summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic.
    • usage: "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
  • Move upwards.
    • usage: "lift one's eyes"
  • Construct, build, or erect.
    • usage: "Raise a barn"
  • Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses. )
    • usage: "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
  • Create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise.
    • usage: "raise hell"; "raise the roof"; "raise Cain"
  • Raise in rank or condition.
    • usage: "The new law lifted many people from poverty"
  • Increase.
    • usage: "This will enhance your enjoyment"; "heighten the tension"
  • Give a promotion to or assign to a higher position.
    • usage: "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"
  • Cause to puff up with a leaven.
    • usage: "unleavened bread"
  • Bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level.
  • Bet more than the previous player.
  • Cause to assemble or enlist in the military.
    • usage: "raise an army"; "recruit new soldiers"
  • Put forward for consideration or discussion.
    • usage: "raise the question of promotions"; "bring up an unpleasant topic"
  • Pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth.
    • usage: "raise your `o'"
  • Activate or stir up.
    • usage: "raise a mutiny"
  • Establish radio communications with.
    • usage: "They managed to raise Hanoi last night"
  • Multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3.
  • Bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project.
    • usage: "raised edges"
  • Invigorate or heighten.
    • usage: "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego"
  • Put an end to.
    • usage: "lift a ban"; "raise a siege"
  • Cause to become alive again.
    • usage: "raise from the dead"; "Slavery is already dead, and cannot be resurrected"; "Upraising ghosts"
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APAWordNet. (2010). raise. Retrieved August 20, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/raise/definitions/1192153
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