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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Raise \Raise\ (r[=a]z), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Raised} (r[=a]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Raising}.] [OE. reisen, Icel. reisa, causative of r[imac]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. Temple. (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 furnace. (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 a 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. 25.

Aeneas . . . 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 rise 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. xxix. 3. (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." --Chaucer. (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 is 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. 18.

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. --Dryden. (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. --Spectator.

5. (Naut.) (a) To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher by drawing nearer to it; as, to raise Sandy Hook light. (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 specified.

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

{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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the amount a salary is increased; "he got a 3% raise"; "he got a wage hike" [syn: {raise}, {rise}, {wage hike}, {hike}, {wage increase}, {salary increase}]

2: an upward slope or grade (as in a road); "the car couldn't make it up the rise" [syn: {ascent}, {acclivity}, {rise}, {raise}, {climb}, {upgrade}] [ant: {declension}, {declination}, {decline}, {declivity}, {descent}, {downslope}, {fall}]

3: increasing the size of a bet (as in poker); "I'll see your raise and double it"

4: the act of raising something; "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up" [syn: {lift}, {raise}, {heave}]


1: raise the level or amount of something; "raise my salary"; "raise the price of bread"

2: raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load" [syn: {raise}, {lift}, {elevate}, {get up}, {bring up}] [ant: {bring down}, {get down}, {let down}, {lower}, {take down}]

3: cause to be heard or known; express or utter; "raise a shout"; "raise a protest"; "raise a sad cry"

4: collect funds for a specific purpose; "The President raised several million dollars for his college"

5: 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" [syn: {grow}, {raise}, {farm}, {produce}]

6: bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn: {rear}, {raise}, {bring up}, {nurture}, {parent}]

7: 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" [syn: {raise}, {conjure}, {conjure up}, {invoke}, {evoke}, {stir}, {call down}, {arouse}, {bring up}, {put forward}, {call forth}]

8: move upwards; "lift one's eyes" [syn: {lift}, {raise}]

9: construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn" [syn: {raise}, {erect}, {rear}, {set up}, {put up}] [ant: {dismantle}, {level}, {pull down}, {rase}, {raze}, {take down}, {tear down}]

10: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" [syn: {arouse}, {elicit}, {enkindle}, {kindle}, {evoke}, {fire}, {raise}, {provoke}]

11: create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise; "raise hell"; "raise the roof"; "raise Cain"

12: raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people from poverty" [syn: {lift}, {raise}, {elevate}]

13: increase; "This will enhance your enjoyment"; "heighten the tension" [syn: {enhance}, {heighten}, {raise}]

14: 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" [syn: {promote}, {upgrade}, {advance}, {kick upstairs}, {raise}, {elevate}] [ant: {break}, {bump}, {demote}, {kick downstairs}, {relegate}]

15: cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread" [syn: {raise}, {leaven}, {prove}]

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

17: bet more than the previous player

18: cause to assemble or enlist in the military; "raise an army"; "recruit new soldiers" [syn: {recruit}, {levy}, {raise}]

19: put forward for consideration or discussion; "raise the question of promotions"; "bring up an unpleasant topic" [syn: {raise}, {bring up}]

20: pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth; "raise your 'o'"

21: activate or stir up; "raise a mutiny"

22: establish radio communications with; "They managed to raise Hanoi last night"

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

24: bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project; "raised edges"

25: invigorate or heighten; "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego" [syn: {raise}, {lift}]

26: put an end to; "lift a ban"; "raise a siege" [syn: {lift}, {raise}]

27: cause to become alive again; "raise from the dead"; "Slavery is already dead, and cannot be resurrected"; "Upraising ghosts" [syn: {resurrect}, {raise}, {upraise}]

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