Definitions for: Raise

[n] the act of raising something; "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"
[n] increasing the size of a bet (as in poker); "I'll see your raise and double it"
[n] the amount a salary is increased; "he got a 3% raise"; "he got a wage hike"
[n] an upward slope or grade (as in a road); "the car couldn't make the grade"
[v] bring (a surface, a design, etc.) into relief and cause to project; "raised edges"
[v] cause to become alive again; "raise from the dead"; "Slavery is already dead, and cannot be resurrected."; "Upraising ghosts"
[v] raise the level or amount of something; "raise my salary"; "raise the price of bread"
[v] increase; "This will enhance your enjoyment"; "heighten the tension"
[v] put an end to, as of a siege or a blockade; "lift a ban"; "raise a siege"
[v] raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people from poverty"
[v] invigorate or heighten; "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego"
[v] multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3
[v] establish radio communications with; "They managed to raise Hanoi last night"
[v] activate or stir up; "raise a mutiny"
[v] cause to be heard or known; express or utter; "raise a shout"; "raise a protest"; "raise a sad cry"
[v] pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth; "raise your `o'"
[v] put forward for consideration or discussion; "raise the question of promotions"; "bring up an unpleasant topic"
[v] cause to assemble or enlist; "raise an army"
[v] bet more than the previous player, in poker
[v] in bridge: bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
[v] construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn"
[v] create a disturbance, esp. by making a great noise; "raise hell"; "raise the roof"; "raise Cain"
[v] call forth; of emotions, feelings, and responses; "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
[v] evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "stir a disturbance"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
[v] cultivate by growing; often involves improvements by means of agricultural techniques; "The Bordeaux region produces great red wines"; "They produce good ham in Parma"; "We grow wheat here"; "We raise hogs here"
[v] move upwards; "lift one's eyes"
[v] raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"
[v] cause to puff up with a leaven; of dough; "unleavened bread"
[v] collect funds for a specific purpose; "The President raised several million dollars for his college"
[v] give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "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"
[v] bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"

Webster (1913) Definition: Raise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raised; p. pr. & vb. n.
Raising.] [OE. reisen, Icel. reisa, causative of r[=i]sa to
rise. See Rise, and cf. Rear to raise.]
1. To cause to rise; to bring from a lower to a higher place;
to lift upward; to elevate; to heave; as, to raise a stone
or weight. Hence, figuratively:
(a) To bring to a higher condition or situation; to
elevate in rank, dignity, and the like; to increase
the value or estimation of; to promote; to exalt; to
advance; to enhance; as, to raise from a low estate;
to raise to office; to raise the price, and the like.

This gentleman came to be raised to great
titles. --Clarendon.

The plate pieces of eight were raised three
pence in the piece. --Sir W.
(b) To increase the strength, vigor, or vehemence of; to
excite; to intensify; to invigorate; to heighten; as,
to raise the pulse; to raise the voice; to raise the
spirits or the courage; to raise the heat of a
(c) To elevate in degree according to some scale; as, to
raise the pitch of the voice; to raise the temperature
of a room.

2. To cause to rise up, or assume an erect position or
posture; to set up; to make upright; as, to raise a mast
or flagstaff. Hence:
(a) To cause to spring up from recumbent position, from a
state of quiet, or the like; to awaken; to arouse.

They shall not awake, nor be raised out of their
sleep. --Job xiv. 12.
(b) To rouse to action; to stir up; to incite to tumult,
struggle, or war; to excite.

He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind.
--Ps. cvii.

[AE]neas . . . employs his pains, In parts
remote, to raise the Tuscan swains. --Dryden.
(c) To bring up from the lower world; to call up, as a
spirit from the world of spirits; to recall from
death; to give life to.

Why should it be thought a thing incredible with
you, that God should raise the dead ? --Acts
xxvi. 8.

3. To cause to arise, grow up, or come into being or to
appear; to give to; to originate, produce, cause, effect,
or the like. Hence, specifically:
(a) To form by the accumulation of materials or
constituent parts; to build up; to erect; as, to raise
a lofty structure, a wall, a heap of stones.

I will raise forts against thee. --Isa. xxxix.
(b) To bring together; to collect; to levy; to get
together or obtain for use or service; as, to raise
money, troops, and the like. ``To raise up a rent.''
(c) To cause to grow; to procure to be produced, bred, or
propagated; to grow; as, to raise corn, barley, hops,
etc.; toraise cattle. ``He raised sheep.'' ``He raised
wheat where none grew before.'' --Johnson's Dict.

Note: In some parts of the United States, notably in the
Southern States, raise in also commonly applied to the
rearing or bringing up of children.

I was raised, as they say in Virginia, among the
mountains of the North. --Paulding.
(d) To bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise,
come forth, or appear; -- often with up.

I will raise them up a prophet from among their
brethren, like unto thee. --Deut. xviii.

God vouchsafes to raise another world From him
[Noah], and all his anger to forget. --Milton.
(e) To give rise to; to set agoing; to occasion; to start;
to originate; as, to raise a smile or a blush.

Thou shalt not raise a false report. --Ex.
xxiii. 1.
(f) To give vent or utterance to; to utter; to strike up.

Soon as the prince appears, they raise a cry.
(g) To bring to notice; to submit for consideration; as,
to raise a point of order; to raise an objection.

4. To cause to rise, as by the effect of leaven; to make
light and spongy, as bread.

Miss Liddy can dance a jig, and raise paste.

5. (Naut.)
(a) To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher
by drawing nearer to it; as, to raise Sandy Hook
(b) To let go; as in the command, Raise tacks and sheets,
i. e., Let go tacks and sheets.

6. (Law) To create or constitute; as, to raise a use that is,
to create it. --Burrill.

To raise a blockade (Mil.), to remove or break up a
blockade, either by withdrawing the ships or forces
employed in enforcing it, or by driving them away or
dispersing them.

To raise a check, note, bill of exchange, etc., to
increase fraudulently its nominal value by changing the
writing, figures, or printing in which the sum payable is

To raise a siege, to relinquish an attempt to take a place
by besieging it, or to cause the attempt to be

To raise steam, to produce steam of a required pressure.

To raise the wind, to procure ready money by some temporary
expedient. [Colloq.]

To raise Cain, or To raise the devil, to cause a great
disturbance; to make great trouble. [Slang]

Syn: To lift; exalt; elevate; erect; originate; cause;
produce; grow; heighten; aggravate; excite.

Synonyms: acclivity, advance, arouse, arouse, ascent, bring up, bring up, bring up, call down, call forth, climb, conjure, conjure up, elevate, elevate, elevate, elicit, enhance, enkindle, erect, evoke, evoke, farm, fire, get up, grow, heave, heighten, hike, invoke, kick upstairs, kindle, levy, lift, lift, lift, nurture, parent, produce, promote, provoke, put forward, put up, rear, rear, recruit, resurrect, rise, rise, salary increase, set up, stir, upgrade, upgrade, upraise, wage hike, wage increase

Antonyms: break, bring down, bump, declension, declination, decline, declivity, demote, descent, dismantle, downslope, fall, get down, kick downstairs, let down, level, lower, pull down, rase, raze, relegate, take down, take down, tear down

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