American English

Definition of raise verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they raise
    he / she / it raises
    past simple raised
    -ing form raising
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    move upward
  1. 1raise 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 upward or an increase in an amount or quantity:a rise in interest rates.Rise can also mean the process of becoming more powerful or important:her dramatic rise to power.The noun raise is often used to mean an increase in pay:a three percent pay raise.
  2. 2raise something/somebody/yourself (+ adv./prep.) to move something/someone/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. 3raise 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). synonyms at shout
  5. child/animal
  6. 4to 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 junk food raise somebody/something as something raise somebody/something + noun They raised her (as) a Catholic. I was born and raised a city boy. compare
  7. collect money/people
  8. 5raise 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 began raising an army. see also fund-raiser
  9. mention subject
  10. 6raise something to mention something for people to discuss or someone to deal with synonym broach The book raises many important questions. I'm glad you raised the subject of money.
  11. cause
  12. 7raise 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
  13. farm animals/crops
  14. 8raise something to breed particular farm animals; to grow particular crops to raise cattle/corn
  15. end something
  16. 9raise something to end a restriction on someone or something to raise a blockade/a ban/an embargo/a siege
  17. in card games
  18. 10raise somebody something to make a higher bet than another player in a card game I'll raise you another hundred dollars.
  19. dead person
  20. 11raise somebody (from something) to make someone who has died come to life again synonym resurrect Christians believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.
  21. on radio/phone
  22. 12raise somebody to contact someone and speak to them by radio or telephone We managed to raise him on his cell phone.
  23. mathematics
  24. 13raise 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. Idioms
    raise/up the ante
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    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.
    raise the bar
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    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.
    raise your eyebrows (at something) [often passive]
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    to show that you disapprove of or are surprised by something Eyebrows were raised when he arrived without his wife.
    raise your glass (to somebody)
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    to hold up your glass and wish someone happiness, good luck, etc. before you drink
    raise somebody's hackles
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    to make someone angry Her controversial article is bound to raise hackles.
    raise a/your hand against/to somebody
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    to hit, or threaten to hit, someone
    raise hell (informal)
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    to protest angrily, especially in a way that causes trouble for someone
    raise the roof
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    to produce or make someone 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 someone feel more cheerful or brave synonym cheer somebodyon 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/something
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