What does raise mean?

Definitions for raise

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word raise.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. raise, rise, wage hike, hike, wage increase, salary increasenoun

    the amount a salary is increased

    "he got a 3% raise"; "he got a wage hike"

  2. ascent, acclivity, rise, raise, climb, upgradenoun

    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

    "the car couldn't make it up the rise"

  3. raisenoun

    increasing the size of a bet (as in poker)

    "I'll see your raise and double it"

  4. lift, raise, heaveverb

    the act of raising something

    "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"

  5. raiseverb

    raise the level or amount of something

    "raise my salary"; "raise the price of bread"

  6. raise, lift, elevate, get up, bring upverb

    raise from a lower to a higher position

    "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"

  7. raiseverb

    cause to be heard or known; express or utter

    "raise a shout"; "raise a protest"; "raise a sad cry"

  8. raiseverb

    collect funds for a specific purpose

    "The President raised several million dollars for his college"

  9. grow, raise, farm, produceverb

    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"

  10. rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parentverb

    bring up

    "raise a family"; "bring up children"

  11. raise, conjure, conjure up, invoke, evoke, stir, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward, call forthverb

    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"

  12. lift, raiseverb

    move upwards

    "lift one's eyes"

  13. raise, erect, rear, set up, put upverb

    construct, build, or erect

    "Raise a barn"

  14. arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provokeverb

    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

    "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"

  15. raiseverb

    create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise

    "raise hell"; "raise the roof"; "raise Cain"

  16. lift, raise, elevateverb

    raise in rank or condition

    "The new law lifted many people from poverty"

  17. enhance, heighten, raiseverb


    "This will enhance your enjoyment"; "heighten the tension"

  18. promote, upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevateverb

    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"

  19. raise, leaven, proveverb

    cause to puff up with a leaven

    "unleavened bread"

  20. raiseverb

    bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level

  21. raiseverb

    bet more than the previous player

  22. recruit, levy, raiseverb

    cause to assemble or enlist in the military

    "raise an army"; "recruit new soldiers"

  23. raise, bring upverb

    put forward for consideration or discussion

    "raise the question of promotions"; "bring up an unpleasant topic"

  24. raiseverb

    pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth

    "raise your `o'"

  25. raiseverb

    activate or stir up

    "raise a mutiny"

  26. raiseverb

    establish radio communications with

    "They managed to raise Hanoi last night"

  27. raiseverb

    multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3

  28. raiseverb

    bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project

    "raised edges"

  29. raise, liftverb

    invigorate or heighten

    "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego"

  30. lift, raiseverb

    put an end to

    "lift a ban"; "raise a siege"

  31. resurrect, raise, upraiseverb

    cause to become alive again

    "raise from the dead"; "Slavery is already dead, and cannot be resurrected"; "Upraising ghosts"


  1. raisenoun

    An increase in wages or salary; a rise .

    The boss gave me a raise.

  2. raisenoun

    A shoulder exercise in which the arms are elevated against resistance.

  3. raisenoun

    A shot in which the delivered stone bumps another stone forward.

  4. raisenoun

    A bet which increased the previous bet.

  5. raiseverb

    To cause to rise.

    Raise your hand if want to say something.

  6. raiseverb

    To collect.

    He raises a lot of money for charity.

  7. raiseverb

    To bring up; to grow.

  8. raiseverb

    To respond to a bet by increasing the amount required to continue in the hand.

    John bet, and Julie raised requiring John to put in more money.

  9. raiseverb

    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.

  10. raiseverb

    To exponentiate, to involute.

    Two raised to the fifth power equals 32.

  11. raiseverb

    To extract (a subject or other verb argument) out of an inner clause.

  12. raiseverb

    To cause (a dead person) to live again, to cause to be undead.

    The magic spell raised the dead!

  13. Etymology: From raisen, reisen, from reisa, from raisijanan, causative form of rīsanan, from rei-. Cognate with rasian, risan, ræran. More at rear.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RAISEverb

    Etymology: resa, Swedish; reiser, Danish.

    The elders went to raise him up from the earth. 2 Sam. xii.

    Such a bulk as no twelve bards could raise
    Twelve starv’ling bards. Alexander Pope.

    Take his carcase down from the tree, cast it at the entering of the gate, and raise thereon a heap of stones. Jos. viii.

    Counsellors may manage affairs, which nevertheless are far from the ability to raise and amplify an estate. Francis Bacon.

    Thou so pleas’d,
    Can’st raise thy creature to what height thou wilt
    Of union. John Milton.

    That eyeless head of thine was first fram’d flesh,
    To raise my fortunes. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The plate-pieces of eight were raised three-pence in the piece. William Temple, Miscellanies.

    The Persians gazing on the sun,
    Admir’d how high ’twas plac’d, how bright it shone;
    But as his pow’r was known, their thoughts were rais’d,
    And soon they worship’d, what at first they prais’d. Matthew Prior.

    This gentleman came to be raised to great titles. Edward Hyde.

    He raiseth the stormy wind. Psalm cvii. 28.

    He might taint
    Th’ animal spirits, that from pure blood arise,
    Thence raise distemper’d thoughts. John Milton.

    Gods encountering gods, Jove encouraging them with his thunders, and Neptune raising his tempests. Alexander Pope.

    He first rais’d head against usurping Richard. William Shakespeare.

    They neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people. Acts xxiv. 12.

    Æneas then employs his pains
    In parts remote to raise the Tuscan swains. Dryden.

    They shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. Job.

    Marry her, and raise up seed. Gen. xxxviii. 8.

    I raised up of your sons for prophets. Amos ii. 11.

    I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger. Ezek. xxxiv. 29.

    I will raise up evil against thee. 2 Samuel xii. 11.

    One hath ventur’d from the deep to raise
    New troubles. John Milton.

    God vouchsafes to raise another world
    From him. John Milton.

    The spirits of the deceased, by certain spells and infernal sacrifices, were raised. George Sandys, Journey.

    These are spectres, the understanding raises to itself, to flatter its own laziness. John Locke.

    He was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification. Romans iv. 25.

    It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 1 Cor. xv. 23.

    Raise not a false report. Exodus xxiii. 1.

    The common ferryman of Egypt, that wafted over the dead bodies from Memphis, was made by the Greeks to be the ferryman of hell, and solemn stories raised after him. Bro.

    Wantonness and pride
    Raise out of friendship hostile deeds in peace. John Milton.

    All gaze, and all admire, and raise a shouting sound. Dry.

    Soon as the prince appears, they raise a cry. Dryden.

    Britain, once despis’d, can raise
    As ample sums, as Rome in Cæsar’s days. Arbuthnot.

    I should not thus be bound,
    If I had means, and could but raise five pound. John Gay.

    He out of smallest things could without end
    Have rais’d incessant armies. John Milton.

    Higher argument
    Remains, sufficient of itself to raise
    That name, unless years damp my wing. John Milton.

    Miss Liddy can dance a jig, and raise paste. Spectator.


  1. raise

    The general definition of "raise" is to lift or elevate something or someone to a higher position, level, or status.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Raiseverb

    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

  2. Raiseverb

    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

  3. Raiseverb

    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 furnace

  4. Raiseverb

    to elevate in degree according to some scale; as, to raise the pitch of the voice; to raise the temperature of a room

  5. Raiseverb

    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

  6. Raiseverb

    to cause to spring up from a recumbent position, from a state of quiet, or the like; to awaken; to arouse

  7. Raiseverb

    to rouse to action; to stir up; to incite to tumult, struggle, or war; to excite

  8. Raiseverb

    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

  9. Raiseverb

    to cause to arise, grow up, or come into being or to appear; to give rise to; to originate, produce, cause, effect, or the like

  10. Raiseverb

    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

  11. Raiseverb

    to bring together; to collect; to levy; to get together or obtain for use or service; as, to raise money, troops, and the like

  12. Raiseverb

    to cause to grow; to procure to be produced, bred, or propagated; to grow; as, to raise corn, barley, hops, etc.; toraise cattle

  13. Raiseverb

    to bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise, come forth, or appear; -- often with up

  14. Raiseverb

    to give rise to; to set agoing; to occasion; to start; to originate; as, to raise a smile or a blush

  15. Raiseverb

    to give vent or utterance to; to utter; to strike up

  16. Raiseverb

    to bring to notice; to submit for consideration; as, to raise a point of order; to raise an objection

  17. Raiseverb

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

  18. Raiseverb

    to cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher by drawing nearer to it; as, to raise Sandy Hook light

  19. Raiseverb

    to let go; as in the command, Raise tacks and sheets, i. e., Let go tacks and sheets

  20. Raiseverb

    to create or constitute; as, to raise a use, that is, to create it


  1. Raise

    Raise is a fell in the English Lake District. It stands on the main spine of the Helvellyn range in the Eastern Fells, between Thirlmere and Ullswater.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Raise

    rāz, v.t. to cause to rise: to lift up: to hoist: to set upright: to originate or produce: to bring together: to cause to grow or breed: to produce: to give rise to: to exalt: to increase the strength of: to excite: to collect: muster: (Scot.) to rouse, inflame: to recall from death: to cause to swell, as dough: to extol: to bring up: to remove, take off, as a blockade: to collect, as to raise a company: to give rise to, as to raise a laugh.—n. an ascent, a cairn: (coll.) an enlargement, increase.—adj. Rais′able, capable of being raised.—ns. Rais′er, one who, or that which, raises a building, &c.: (archit.) the upright board on the front of a step in a flight of steps; Rais′ing, the act of lifting: the embossing of sheet-metal by hammering or stamping: the process of deepening colours in dyeing: that with which bread is raised; Rais′ing-bee, a gathering of neighbours to help in raising the frame of a house, &c.; Rais′ing-board, a ribbed board by which to raise the grain of leather; Rais′ing-gig, a machine for raising a nap on cloth; Rais′ing-piece, a piece of timber laid on a brick wall, or on a frame, to carry a beam or beams; Rais′ing-plate, a horizontal timber supporting the heels of rafters.—Raise a siege, to relinquish a siege, or cause this to be done; Raise bread, to make it light, as by yeast or leaven; Raise Cain, the devil, hell, the mischief, &c., to create confusion or riot; Raised beach (geol.), a terrace of gravel, &c., marking the margin of an ancient sea; Raised embroidery, that in which the pattern is raised in relief from the ground; Raised work, in lace-making, work having the edge or some other part of the pattern raised in relief; Raise money on, to get money by pawning something; Raise one's dander (see Dander); Raise the market upon (coll.), to charge more than the regular price; Raise the wind, to obtain money by any shift. [M. E. reisen—Ice. reisa, causal of rísa, to rise. Cf. Rise.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. raise

    Armies are raised in two ways: either by voluntary engagements, or by lot or conscription. The Greek and Roman levies were the result of a rigid system of conscription. The Visigoths practiced a general conscription; poverty, old age, and sickness, were the only reasons admitted for exemption. “Subsequently” (says Hallam), “the feudal military tenures had superseded that earlier system of public defense, which called upon every man, and especially upon every land-holder, to protect his country. The relations of a vassal came in place of those of a subject and a citizen. This was the revolution of the 9th century. In the 12th and 13th another innovation rather more gradually prevailed, and marks the third period in the military history of Europe. Mercenary troops were substituted for the feudal militia. These military adventurers played a more remarkable part in Italy than in France, though not a little troublesome to the latter country.” A necessary effect of the formation of mercenaries was the centralization of authority. Money became the sinews of war. The invention of fire-arms caused it to be acknowledged that skill was no less essential for warlike operations than strength and valor. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, the power of princes was calculated by the number and quality of paid troops they could support. France first set the example of keeping troops in peace. Charles VII., foreseeing the danger of invasion, authorized the assemblage of armed mercenaries called compagnies d’ordonnance. Louis XI. dismissed these troops but enrolled new ones, composed of French, Swiss, and Scotch. Under Charles VIII., Germans were admitted in the French army, and the highest and most illustrious nobles of France regarded it as an honor to serve in the gens d’armes. Moral qualifications not being exacted for admission to the ranks, the restraints of a barbarous discipline became necessary, and this discipline divided widely the soldier from the people. The French revolution overturned this system. “Now” (says Decker) “mercenary troops have completely disappeared from continental Europe. England only now raises armies by the system of recruiters. The last wars of Europe have been wars of the people, and have been fought by nationalities. After peace armies remain national, for their elements are taken from the people by legal liberations. The institution of conscription is evidently the most important of modern times. Among other advantages, it has bridged the otherwise impassable gulf between the citizen and soldier, who, children of the same family, are now united in defense of their country. Permanent armies have ceased to be the personal guard of kings, but their sympathies are always with the people, and their just title is that of skillful warriors maintained as a nucleus for the instruction of their countrymen in the highest school of art.”

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'raise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1734

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'raise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1644

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'raise' in Verbs Frequency: #114

Anagrams for raise »

  1. aesir

  2. Aesir

  3. Æsir

  4. aires

  5. Aries

  6. arise

  7. ERISA

  8. reais

  9. serai

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of raise in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of raise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of raise in a Sentence

  1. Nigel Kushner:

    There can be no meaningful improvement in investment into the Iranian economy until some robust banks agree to raise their head above the parapet and finance it, i believe they will, but it will take time... I believe it will happen over the next six months and then there will be a domino effect.

  2. Brandon Michon:

    It has been great to see how the importance of our children's education and the parents matter movement has brought so many people together, this is Virginia's opportunity to raise the bar, and we will be doing Fox News on Tuesday with Glenn Youngkin as governor.

  3. Carl Mueller:

    We were in communications with them, unlike the other families, but how do you raise $6.2 million? It pretty much made it impossible. We feel they really did want to release Kayla.

  4. Foreign Minister Stephane Dion:

    The case ... of Mr Garratt has been raised by the prime minister and by myself, we never miss an opportunity to raise human rights, but the details should not be revealed publicly for the sake of Mr. Garratt. It's something the two governments will have to work together (on).

  5. Barbara Mikulski:

    When we knew when his Holiness was going to be visiting Cuba, we called upon the Papal Nuncio (the Vatican’s official diplomatic representation in Washington). We asked if the good offices of the Pope would raise the issue. We put it in the hands of the Vatican, we kept it on the Vatican’s radar. They talk to higher powers than we do. I don’t know if it’s radar. Maybe Angels. Cherubim. Seraphim. They go for it.

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