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Definition of "raise" []

  • To move to a higher position; elevate: raised the loads with a crane. See Synonyms at lift. (verb-transitive)
  • To set in an upright or erect position: raise a flagpole. (verb-transitive)
  • To erect or build: raise a new building. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to arise, appear, or exist: The slap raised a welt. (verb-transitive)
  • To increase in size, quantity, or worth: raise an employee's salary. (verb-transitive)
  • To move, cause to move, or elevate to a higher position or level; lift (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To set or place in an upright position (verb)
  • To construct, build, or erect (verb)
  • To increase in amount, size, value, etc (verb)
  • To increase in degree, strength, intensity, etc (verb)
  • To advance in rank or status; promote (verb)
  • To arouse or awaken from or as if from sleep or death (verb)
  • To stir up or incite; activate (verb)
  • To give rise to; cause or provoke (verb)
  • To put forward for consideration (verb)
  • To cause to assemble or gather together; collect (verb)
  • To grow or cause to grow (verb)
  • To bring up; rear (verb)
  • To cause to be heard or known; utter or express (verb)
  • To bring to an end; remove (verb)
  • To cause (dough, bread, etc) to rise, as by the addition of yeast (verb)
  • To bet more than (the previous player) (verb)
  • To bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level (verb)
  • To cause (something) to seem to rise above the horizon by approaching (verb)
  • To establish radio communications with (verb)
  • To obtain (money, funds, capital, etc) (verb)
  • To bring (a surface, a design, etc) into relief; cause to project (verb)
  • To cause (a blister, welt, etc) to form on the skin (verb)
  • To expel (phlegm) by coughing (verb)
  • To modify the articulation of (a vowel) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth (verb)
  • To multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times (verb)
  • To institute (a suit or action at law) (verb)
  • To draw up (a summons) (verb)
  • To increase the amount payable on (a cheque, money order, etc) fraudulently (verb)
  • To push (a stone) towards the tee with another stone (verb)
  • The act or an instance of raising (noun)
  • An increase, esp in salary, wages, etc; rise (noun)

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Use "raise" in a sentence
  • "For, first, she desires if she can -- and she has often been able -- actually to raise these, first to sanctity and then to her own altars; it is for her and her only to _raise the poor from the dunghill and to set them with the princes_."
  • "A few hands later, I got KT suited on the button and I called a raise from the shorty I had targeted who had opened from middle position, and the small blind also called directly behind me."
  • "Randy Leonard's acceptance of the raise is a deliberate middle finger to his critics."