Definition of raise verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//reɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they raise
    BrE BrE//reɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪz//
    he / she / it raises
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪzɪz//
    past simple raised
    BrE BrE//reɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪzd//
    past participle raised
    BrE BrE//reɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪzd//
    -ing form raising
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪzɪŋ//
    Making calls, Animal farming, Raising children
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    move upwards
  1. 1  raise something to lift or move something to a higher level She raised the gun and fired. He raised a hand in greeting. She raised her eyes from her work. opposite lower1 Which Word?rise / raiseVerbs Raise is a verb that must have an object and rise is used without an object. When you raise something, you lift it to a higher position or increase it:He raised his head from the pillow. We were forced to raise the price. When people or things rise, they move from a lower to a higher position:She rose from the chair. The helicopter rose into the air. Rise can also mean ‘to increase in number or quantity’:Costs are always rising.Nouns The noun rise means a movement upwards or an increase in an amount or quantity:a rise in interest rates. In British English it can also be used to mean an increase in pay:Should I ask my boss for a rise? In North American English this is a raise:a three per cent pay raise. Rise can also mean the process of becoming more powerful or important:his dramatic rise to power.
  2. 2  raise something/somebody/yourself (+ adv./prep.) to move something/somebody/yourself to a vertical position Somehow we managed to raise her to her feet. He raised himself up on one elbow. opposite lower1
  3. increase
  4. 3  raise something (to something) to increase the amount or level of something to raise salaries/prices/taxes They raised their offer to $500. We need to raise public awareness of the issue. How can we raise standards in schools? Don't tell her about the job until you know for sure—we don't want to raise her hopes (= make her hope too much). I've never heard him even raise his voice (= speak louder because he was angry).
  5. collect money/people
  6. 4  raise something to bring or collect money or people together; to manage to get or form something to raise a loan We are raising money for charity. He set about raising an army. see also fundraiser
  7. mention subject
  8. 5  raise something to mention something for people to discuss or somebody to deal with synonym broach The book raises many important questions. I'm glad you raised the subject of money.
  9. cause
  10. 6raise something to cause or produce something; to make something appear to raise doubts in people’s minds The plans for the new development have raised angry protests from local residents. It wasn't an easy audience but he raised a laugh with his joke. It had been a difficult day but she managed to raise a smile. The horses' hooves raised a cloud of dust. see also curtain-raiser, fire-raiser
  11. child/animal
  12. 7  (especially North American English) to care for a child or young animal until it is able to take care of itself raise somebody/something They were both raised in the South. kids raised on a diet of hamburgers raise somebody/something as something | raise somebody/something + noun They raised her (as) a Catholic. I was born and raised a city boy. compare bring somebodyup See related entries: Raising children
  13. farm animals/crops
  14. 8raise something to breed particular farm animals; to grow particular crops to raise cattle/corn See related entries: Animal farming
  15. end something
  16. 9raise something to end a restriction on somebody/something to raise a blockade/a ban/an embargo/a siege
  17. on radio/phone
  18. 10raise somebody to contact somebody and speak to them by radio or telephone We managed to raise him on his mobile phone. See related entries: Making calls
  19. dead person
  20. 11raise somebody (from something) to make somebody who has died come to life again synonym resurrect Christians believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.
  21. in card games
  22. 12raise somebody something to make a higher bet than another player in a card game I'll raise you another hundred dollars.
  23. mathematics
  24. 13 raise something to the power of something to multiply an amount by itself a particular number of times 3 raised to the power of 3 is 27 (= 3 × 3 × 3).
  25. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse reisa; related to the verb rear.Extra examples The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks of illegal drugs. threatening to raise prices to help raise money for the repair of the stadium trying to raise standards in education Don’t tell her about the job until you know for sure — we don’t want to raise her hopes. Farmers cleared the land in order to raise cattle. He needed to raise a loan in order to set up in business. I’ve never heard him even raise his voice. The government has promised not to raise taxes. The hospital is trying to raise funds for a new kidney machine. The main part of my job is to raise funds for the playgroup. The sale raised over £3 000 for charity. They raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 460 acres. She raised herself up on one elbow. Somehow we managed to raise him to his feet. These kids have been raised on a diet of hamburgers. They raised her as a Catholic.Idioms
    make somebody’s hackles rise, raise somebody’s hackles
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    to make somebody angry Her controversial article is bound to raise hackles.
    not lift/raise a finger/hand (to do something)
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    (informal) to do nothing to help somebody The children never lift a finger to help around the house.
    to increase the level of something, especially demands or sums of money His ex-wife has upped the ante in her alimony suit against him. to set a new, higher standard of quality or performance The factory has raised the bar on productivity, food safety and quality. This latest computer game raises the bar for interface design. The awards go to people who have truly raised the bar. Perhaps the new admission requirements raised the bar too high. opposite lower1 compare set the bar
    raise your eyebrows (at something)
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    [often passive] to show that you disapprove of or are surprised by something Eyebrows were raised when he arrived without his wife. See related entries: Surprise
    raise your glass (to somebody)
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    to hold up your glass and wish somebody happiness, good luck, etc. before you drink
    raise a/your hand against/to somebody
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    to hit or threaten to hit somebody
    (informal) to protest angrily, especially in a way that causes trouble for somebody to produce or make somebody produce a lot of noise in a building, for example by shouting or cheering Their cheers raised the roof.
    raise/lower your sights
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    to expect more/less from a situation If they can’t afford such a big house, they’ll just have to lower their sights a little.
    raise somebody’s spirits
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    to make somebody feel more cheerful or brave synonym cheer up The sunny weather raised my spirits a little.
    raise/lower the temperature
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    to increase/decrease the amount of excitement, emotion, etc. in a situation His angry refusal to agree raised the temperature of the meeting. The government tried to lower the political temperature by agreeing to some of the demands.
    Phrasal Verbsraise something to somebody
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