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(1)   The act of raising something
"He responded with a lift of his eyebrow"
"Fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"
(2)   Increasing the size of a bet (as in poker)
"I'll see your raise and double it"
(3)   The amount a salary is increased
"He got a 3% raise"
"He got a wage hike"
(4)   An upward slope or grade (as in a road)
"The car couldn't make it up the rise"


(5)   Cause to become alive again
"Raise from the dead"
"Slavery is already dead, and cannot be resurrected"
"Upraising ghosts"
(6)   Raise the level or amount of something
"Raise my salary"
"Raise the price of bread"
(7)   Increase
"This will enhance your enjoyment"
"Heighten the tension"
(8)   Raise in rank or condition
"The new law lifted many people from poverty"
(9)   Invigorate or heighten
"Lift my spirits"
"Lift his ego"
(10)   Multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3
(11)   Activate or stir up
"Raise a mutiny"
(12)   Cause to be heard or known; express or utter
"Raise a shout"
"Raise a protest"
"Raise a sad cry"
(13)   Put forward for consideration or discussion
"Raise the question of promotions"
"Bring up an unpleasant topic"
(14)   Cause to assemble or enlist in the military
"Raise an army"
"Recruit new soldiers"
(15)   Bet more than the previous player
(16)   Bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
(17)   Summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
"Raise the specter of unemployment"
"He conjured wild birds in the air"
"Call down the spirits from the mountain"
(18)   Construct, build, or erect
"Raise a barn"
(19)   Cultivate by growing, often involving 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"
(20)   Create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise
"Raise hell"
"Raise the roof"
"Raise Cain"
(21)   Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
"Arouse pity"
"Raise a smile"
"Evoke sympathy"
(22)   Move upwards
"Lift one's eyes"
(23)   Raise from a lower to a higher position
"Raise your hands"
"Lift a load"
(24)   Cause to puff up with a leaven
"Unleavened bread"
(25)   Collect funds for a specific purpose
"The President raised several million dollars for his college"
(26)   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"
(27)   Bring up
"Raise a family"
"Bring up children"


From , from , from (whence and Modern English ), causative form of .


  1. To cause to rise.
    Raise your hand if want to say something.
  2. To collect.
    He raises a lot of money for charity.
  3. To bring up; to grow.
    We visited a farm where they raise chickens.
    Chew with your mouth shut — were you raised in a barn?
  4. To respond to an initial bet by increasing the amount required to continue in the hand.
    John bet, and Julie raised requiring John to put in more money.
  5. 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.
  6. To exponentiate, to involute.
    Two raised to the fifth power equals 32.
  7. To extract (a subject or other verb argument) out of an inner clause.


  1. An increase in wages or salary; a rise .
    The boss gave me a raise.
  2. A shoulder exercise in which the arms are elevated against resistance.
  3. A shot in which the delivered stone bumps another stone forward.
  4. A bet which increased the previous bet.