UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈreɪz/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/reɪz/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(rāz)

Inflections of 'raise' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
raise /reɪz/USA pronunciation   v.,  raised, rais•ing, n. 
v. [+ object]
  1. to move to a higher position;
    lift up;
    elevate:She raised her head and looked around.
  2. to set upright:When the flagpole fell they raised it again.[+ oneself]She raised herself to her feet.
  3. to increase in amount, degree, strength, pitch, or force:He raised his voice so they could hear him.
  4. to promote the growth or development of;
    grow or breed:to raise corn.
  5. to serve in the capacity of parent to;
    bring up;
    rear:to raise a child.
  6. to present for consideration;
    put forward:I'd like to raise a question.
  7. to give rise to;
    bring about:raised a riot.
  8. to build;
    erect:to raise a house.
  9. to restore to life:to raise the dead.
  10. to give a feeling of new life, excitement, or vigor to;
    animate:The news raised her spirits.
  11. to advance in rank or position;
    elevate:to raise her to the rank of colonel.
  12. to assemble or collect:to raise an army.
  13. to utter (a cry, shout, etc.):raised a cheer.
  14. to cause to be heard:to raise an alarm.
  15. to cause (dough) to rise by expansion and become light, as by the use of yeast.
  16. Militaryto end (a siege, restriction, etc.):They raised the blockade by withdrawing their forces.
  17. Radio and Televisionto establish communication with by radio:tried to raise headquarters on the VHF band.

n. [countable]
  1. an increase in amount, as of wages.
  2. the amount of such an increase:a fifty-dollar-a-week raise.
  3. an act or instance of raising.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
raise  (rāz),USA pronunciation v.,  raised, rais•ing, n. 
  1. to move to a higher position;
    lift up;
    elevate:to raise one's hand; sleepy birds raising their heads and looking about.
  2. to set upright:When the projection screen toppled, he quickly raised it again.
  3. to cause to rise or stand up;
    rouse:The sound of the bugle raised him from his bed.
  4. to build;
    erect:to raise a monument.
  5. to set up the framework of:to raise a house.
  6. to set in motion;
    activate:to raise a storm of protest.
  7. to grow or breed, care for, or promote the growth of:to raise corn; to raise prizewinning terriers.
  8. to serve in the capacity of parent to;
    rear:to raise children.
  9. to give rise to;
    bring up or about:His comments raised a ripple of applause.
  10. to put forward;
    present for public consideration:He raised the issue of his opponent's eligibility.
  11. Lawto make (an issue at law).
  12. to restore to life:to raise the dead.
  13. to stir up:to raise a rebellion with stirring speeches.
  14. to give vigor to;
    animate:The news raised his spirits.
  15. to advance in rank or position:to raise someone to the peerage.
  16. to assemble or collect:to raise an army; to raise money for a charity.
  17. to increase the height or vertical measurement of:The blocks raise the table three inches.
  18. to increase in degree, intensity, pitch, or force:to raise the volume of a radio.
  19. to utter (a cry, shout, etc.) in a loud voice.
  20. to cause (the voice) to be heard:to raise one's voice in opposition.
  21. to cause (dough or bread) to rise by expansion and become light, as by the use of yeast.
  22. to increase in amount:to raise rents; to raise salaries.
  23. to increase (the value or price) of a commodity, stock, bond, etc.
  24. Games[Poker.]
    • to increase (another player's bet).
    • to bet at a higher level than (a preceding bettor).
  25. Games[Bridge.]to increase (the bid for a contract) by repeating one's partner's bid at a higher level.
  26. Phoneticsto alter the articulation of (a vowel) by bringing the tongue closer to the palate:The vowel in "pen'' is raised to(i) in some dialects.
  27. to increase the amount specified in (a check, money order, or the like) by fraudulent alteration.
  28. Militaryto end (a siege) by withdrawing the besieging forces or by compelling the besieging forces to withdraw.
  29. [Naut.]
    • Naval Termsto cause (something) to rise above the visible horizon by approaching it.
    • Naval Termsto come in sight of (land, a whale, etc.).
  30. Radio and Televisionto establish communication with by radio:The radioman was able to raise shore headquarters after three tries.
  31. Miningto excavate (an opening) upward from a level below.

  1. to be able to be lifted or pulled up:The window raises easily.
  2. Games(in cards, poker, etc.) to increase a previous bet or bid:My cards weren't good enough to let me raise.
  3. raise Cain. See  Cain (def. 3).

  1. an increase in amount, as of wages:a raise in pay.
  2. the amount of such an increase:His raise was five dollars.
  3. a raising, lifting, etc.:a raise in spirits.
  4. a raised or ascending place;
  5. Mininga shaft excavated upward from below. Cf.  winze 1.
raisa•ble, raisea•ble, adj. 
raiser, n. 
  • Scandinavian (compare Old Norse reisa); compare also Gothic -raisjan (causative verb, verbal formed on Gmc base of Old English rīsan to rise), Old English rǣran to rear2
  • Middle English reisen (verb, verbal) 1150–1200
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged loft.
      Raise, lift, heave, hoist imply bringing something up above its original position.
      Raise, the most general word, may mean to bring something to or toward an upright position with one end resting on the ground;
      or it may be used in the sense of
      lift, moving an object a comparatively short distance upward but breaking completely its physical contact with the place where it had been:to raise a ladder; to raise(lift) a package. Heave implies lifting with effort or exertion:to heave a huge box onto a truck.Hoist implies lifting slowly and gradually something of considerable weight, usually with mechanical help, such as given by a crane or derrick:to hoist steel beams to the top of the framework of a building.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged arouse, awaken.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged construct, rear.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cultivate.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged originate, produce, effect.
    • 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged excite.
    • 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged invigorate, inspirit.
    • 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged elevate, promote, exalt.
    • 17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged heighten, enlarge.
    • 18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged amplify, augment.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lower.
    Raise and rise are similar in form and meaning but different in grammatical use. Raise is the causative of rise;
    to raise something is to cause it to rise. Raise is almost always used transitively. Its forms are regular:Raise the window. The flag had been raised before we arrived.Raise in the intransitive sense "to rise up, arise'' is nonstandard:Dough raises better when the temperature is warm.Rise is almost exclusively intransitive in its standard uses. Its forms are irregular:My husband usually rises before seven. The earliest I have ever risen is eight. The sun rose in a cloudless sky. The dough is rising now.Both raise and rear are used in the United States to refer to the upbringing of children. Although raise was formerly condemned in this sense ("You raise hogs but you rear children''), it is now standard.In American English, a person receives a raise in salary. In British English it is a rise.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
raise /reɪz/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. to move, cause to move, or elevate to a higher position or level; lift
  2. to set or place in an upright position
  3. to construct, build, or erect: to raise a barn
  4. to increase in amount, size, value, etc: to raise prices
  5. to increase in degree, strength, intensity, etc: to raise one's voice
  6. to advance in rank or status; promote
  7. to arouse or awaken from or as if from sleep or death
  8. to stir up or incite; activate: to raise a mutiny
  9. raise Cain, raise the devil, raise hell, raise the roofto create a boisterous disturbance
  10. to give rise to; cause or provoke: to raise a smile
  11. to put forward for consideration: to raise a question
  12. to cause to assemble or gather together; collect: to raise an army
  13. to grow or cause to grow: to raise a crop
  14. to bring up; rear: to raise a family
  15. to cause to be heard or known; utter or express: to raise a shout, to raise a protest
  16. to bring to an end; remove: to raise a siege, raise a ban
  17. to cause (dough, bread, etc) to rise, as by the addition of yeast
  18. to bet more than (the previous player)
  19. to bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
  20. to cause (something) to seem to rise above the horizon by approaching: we raised land after 20 days
  21. to establish radio communications with: we managed to raise Moscow last night
  22. to obtain (money, funds, capital, etc)
  23. to bring (a surface, a design, etc) into relief; cause to project
  24. to cause (a blister, welt, etc) to form on the skin
  25. to multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3
  26. raise one's glass toto drink the health of; drink a toast to
  27. raise one's hatold-fashioned to take one's hat briefly off one's head as a greeting or mark of respect
  1. the act or an instance of raising
  2. chiefly US Canadian an increase, esp in salary, wages, etc; rise
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old Norse reisa; related to Old English rǣran to rear²

ˈraisable, ˈraiseable adj
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Collocations: raise a [child, dog, sheep], a [pay, wage, salary, tax] raise, raise [livestock, cows, cattle, sheep], more...

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