Definition and Meanings for raise

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Raise is ranked 8,813 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of raise

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of raise

oe. reisen, icel. reisa, causative of r to rise. see rise, and cf. rear to raise

Meaning of raise


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • to elevate in degree according to some scale; as, to raise the pitch of the voice; to raise the temperature of a room.
  • 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.
  • to cause to spring up from a recumbent position, from a state of quiet, or the like; to awaken; to arouse.
  • to rouse to action; to stir up; to incite to tumult, struggle, or war; to excite.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 cause to grow; to procure to be produced, bred, or propagated; to grow; as, to raise corn, barley, hops, etc.; toraise cattle.
  • to bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise, come forth, or appear; -- often with up.
  • to give rise to; to set agoing; to occasion; to start; to originate; as, to raise a smile or a blush.
  • to give vent or utterance to; to utter; to strike up.
  • to bring to notice; to submit for consideration; as, to raise a point of order; to raise an objection.
  • to cause to rise, as by the effect of leaven; to make light and spongy, as bread.
  • to cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher by drawing nearer to it; as, to raise sandy hook light.;to let go; as in the command, raise tacks and sheets, i. e., let go tacks and sheets.
  • to create or constitute; as, to raise a use, that is, to create it.
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