A child raises a flag.
- The definition of a raise refers to having your salary increased or a higher bet in a gambling game such as poker.
- An example of a raise is when you have your salary increased from $8/hr to $9/hr.
- An example of a raise is when the original bet was $1 and someone bets $2.
- To raise is to move or lift something upward, to increase the amount of something, to bring up an issue, trying to collect funds, bringing up a child, or betting more money than another player in a gambling game.
- An example of raise is when you move a flag up a flag pole.
- An example of raise is when you increase the amount you pay towards your mortgage each month.
- An example of raise is when you bring the issue of guilt up in a discussion about whether you should take care of elderly parents.
- An example of raise is when you try to solicit donations for a good cause.
- An example of raise is when you bet $2 in a game when the person before you had bet only $1.
transitive verbraised, rais′ing
- to cause to rise; move to a higher level; lift; elevate
- to bring to or place in an upright position
- to construct or erect (a building, etc.)
- to wake from sleep
- to stir up; arouse; incite: to raise a revolt
- to increase in size, value, amount, etc.: to raise prices
- to increase in degree, intensity, strength, etc.: to raise one's voice
- to improve the position, rank, or situation of: to raise oneself from poverty
- to cause to arise, appear, come, etc.; esp., to bring back as from death; reanimate: to raise the dead
- to cause to come about; provoke; inspire: the joke raised a laugh
- to bring forward for consideration: to raise a question
- to collect, gather, or procure (an army, money, etc.)
- to utter (a cry, shout, etc.)
- to bring to an end; remove: to raise a siege
- to cause to become light; leaven (bread, etc.)
- to cause to grow or to breed: to raise corn or cattle
- to bring up or rear (children)
- to establish radio communication with
- to cause (a blister) to form
- to make (a nap on cloth) with teasels, etc.
- Commerce to increase by fraud the face value of (a check, etc.)
- Naut. to cause (land, another ship, etc.) to seem to rise over the horizon by approaching it; come within sight of
- Bridge to increase (one's partner's bid in a suit or in no-trump)
- Phonet. to change the sound of (a vowel) by putting the tongue in a higher position
- Poker to bet more than (the highest preceding bet or bettor)
Origin of raiseMiddle English raisen from Old Norse reisa, causative of risa, to rise
- Dial. to rise or arise
- Poker to increase the bet
- an act of raising
- an increase in amount
- an increase in salary or wages, or in a bet
verbraised, rais·ing, rais·es
- To move to a higher position; elevate: raised the loads with a crane. See Synonyms at lift.
- To set in an upright or erect position: raise a flagpole.
- To erect or build: raise a new building.
- To cause to arise, appear, or exist: The slap raised a welt.
- To increase in size, quantity, or worth: raise an employee's salary.
- To increase in intensity, degree, strength, or pitch: raised his voice.
- To improve in rank or dignity; promote: raised her to management level.
- a. To grow, especially in quantity; cultivate: raise corn and soybeans.b. To breed and care for to maturity: raise cattle.c. To bring up; rear: raise children.d. To accustom to something from an early age: “a post-World War II generation raised on shopping malls and multiplex cinemas” ( Gustav Niebuhr )
- To put forward for consideration: raised an important question. See Synonyms at broach 1.
- To voice; utter: raise a shout.
- a. To awaken; arouse: noise that would raise the dead.b. To stir up; instigate: raise a revolt.c. To bring about; provoke: remarks intended to raise a laugh.
- To make contact with by radio: couldn't raise the control tower after midnight.
- To gather together; collect: raise money from the neighbors for a charity.
- To cause (dough) to puff up.
- To end (a siege) by withdrawing troops or forcing the enemy troops to withdraw.
- To remove or withdraw (an order).
- Games a. To increase (a poker bet).b. To bet more than (a preceding bettor in poker).c. To increase the bid of (one's bridge partner).
- Nautical To bring into sight by approaching nearer: raised the Cape.
- To alter and increase fraudulently the written value of (a check, for example).
- To cough up (phlegm).
- Scots To make angry; enrage.
- The act of raising or increasing.
- An increase in salary.
Origin of raiseMiddle English raisen from Old Norse reisa ; see er-1 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: A traditional usage rule holds that people raise crops and farm animals but rear children. Nonetheless, people have been raising children in English since the 1700s, and the usage has been standard for many generations, at least in American English. The Usage Panelists find the use of raise acceptable both for children and for livestock. The Panelists also approve of using the verb rear for children, but a sizable minority have reservations about using it for livestock. In our 2013 survey, 41 percent disapproved of the sentence The settlers reared cattle in the Valley before it was flooded. This percentage, though still substantial, is a significant decrease from the 60 percent who disapproved of the same sentence in 2002. Although contemporary usage allows writers to raise both children and livestock, careful writers should rear children only.
(third-person singular simple present raises, present participle raising, simple past and past participle raised)
- (physical) To cause to rise; to lift or elevate.
- to raise your hand if you want to say something; to raise your walking stick to defend yourself
- To form by the accumulation of materials or constituent parts; to build up; to erect.
- to raise a wall, or a heap of stones
- To cause something to come to the surface of the sea.
- The ship was raised ten years after it had sunk.
- (nautical) To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher by drawing nearer to it.
- to raise Sandy Hook light
- (figuratively) To cause (a dead person) to live again, to cause to be undead.
- The magic spell raised the dead from their graves!
- To create, increase or develop.
- We need to raise the motivation level in the company.
- to raise the quality of the products; to raise the price of goods
- To collect.
- to raise a lot of money for charity; to raise troops
- To bring up; to grow; to promote.
- We visited a farm where they raise chickens.
- Chew with your mouth shut "” were you raised in a barn?
- to raise somebody to office
- To mention (a question, issue) for discussion.
- A few important questions were raised after the attack.
- (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.
- John Milton (1608-1674)
- God vouchsafes to raise another world From him [Noah], and all his anger to forget.
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. [...] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?
- John bet, and Julie raised requiring John to put in more money.
- Two raised to the fifth power equals 32.
From Middle English raisen, reisen, from Old Norse reisa (“to raise"), from Proto-Germanic *raisijanÄ…, *raizijanÄ… (“to raise"), causative form of Proto-Germanic *rÄ«sanÄ… (“to rise"), from Proto-Indo-European *rei- (“to rise, arise"). Cognate with Old English rÄsian (“to explore, examine, research"), Old English rÄ«san (“to seize, carry off"), Old English rÇ£ran (“to cause to rise, raise, rear, build, create"). More at rear.