• (weightlifting) A shoulder exercise in which the arms are elevated against resistance.
  • A cairn or pile of stones.
  • (US) An increase in wages or salary; a rise (UK).

    "The boss gave me a raise."

  • (poker) A bet which increased the previous bet.
  • (curling) A shot in which the delivered stone bumps another stone forward.


  • (linguistics, transitive, of a vowel) To produce a vowel with the tongue positioned closer to the roof of the mouth.
  • To cause something to come to the surface of the sea.

    "The ship was raised ten years after it had sunk."

  • (military) 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 collect.

    "to raise a lot of money for charity; to raise troops"

  • To bring up; to grow; to promote.

    "to raise somebody to office"

  • (obsolete) To bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise, come forth, or appear.
  • (linguistics, transitive, of a verb) To extract (a subject or other verb argument) out of an inner clause.
  • To form by the accumulation of materials or constituent parts; to build up; to erect.

    "to raise a wall, or a heap of stones"

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

    "The magic spell raised the dead from their graves!"

  • (transitive) To create, increase or develop.

    "to raise the quality of the products; to raise the price of goods"

  • To bring up; to grow; to promote.

    "Chew with your mouth shut — were you raised in a barn?"

  • (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."

  • (arithmetic) To exponentiate, to involute.

    "Two raised to the fifth power equals 32."

  • (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 increase the nominal value of (a cheque, money order, etc.) by fraudulently changing the writing or printing in which the sum payable is specified.
  • (nautical) To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher by drawing nearer to it.

    "to raise Sandy Hook light"

  • (transitive) To create, increase or develop.

    "We need to raise the motivation level in the company."

  • To bring up; to grow; to promote.

    "We visited a farm where they raise chickens."

  • To mention (a question, issue) for discussion.

    "A few important questions were raised after the attack."

  • (poker, intransitive) 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."

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