raise

If you raise your hand, you put it up in the air. If you raise your daughter, you “bring her up” from childhood to adulthood. And, if you raise the roof, you and a crowd of people cheer wildly for a performer.

Raise can be used almost any time you bring something up, either literally: “if you raise the lid on that trap door you will see a secret passage,” or figuratively: “please don't raise the topic of my arachnophobia.” The verb raise comes from the Old English word ræran, which means “to rear,” as in, “do you really want to raise your children in that town?” As a noun, a raise can also mean a salary increase.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: raise

1
vn
move upwards
the act of raising something
2
vn
increase
increasing the size of a bet (as in poker)
3
v
summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
4
v
cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: raise
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v move upwards

Synonyms:
lift
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v raise from a lower to a higher position

Raise your hands”
Synonyms:
bring up, elevate, get up, lift
Antonyms:
bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down
move something or somebody to a lower position
Types:
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get up
cause to rise
jack, jack up
lift with a special device
shoulder
lift onto one's shoulders
kick up
cause to rise by kicking
hoist, lift, wind
raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
trice, trice up
raise with a line
hoist, run up
raise
hoist
move from one place to another by lifting
pump
raise (gases or fluids) with a pump
levitate
cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity
underlay
raise or support (the level of printing) by inserting a piece of paper or cardboard under the type
skid
elevate onto skids
pinnacle
raise on or as if on a pinnacle
chin, chin up
raise oneself while hanging from one's hands until one's chin is level with the support bar
leaven, prove
cause to puff up with a leaven
heighten
increase the height of
boost, hike, hike up
increase
gather up, lift up, pick up
take and lift upward
erect, rear
cause to rise up
trice, trice up
hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
pitch, set up
erect and fasten
cock up, prick, prick up
raise
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v construct, build, or erect

Raise a barn”
Synonyms:
erect, put up, rear, set up
Antonyms:
dismantle, level, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down
tear down so as to make flat with the ground
Type of:
build, construct, make
make by combining materials and parts

v cause to puff up with a leaven

Synonyms:
leaven, prove
Type of:
bring up, elevate, get up, lift
raise from a lower to a higher position

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

raised edges”
Type of:
bring out, set off
direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

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

raise your `o'”
Type of:
articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

n the act of raising something

“fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up”
Synonyms:
heave, lift
Type of:
actuation, propulsion
the act of propelling

n the amount a salary is increased

“he got a 3% raise
Synonyms:
hike, rise, salary increase, wage hike, wage increase
Type of:
increase, increment
the amount by which something increases

n an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

Synonyms:
acclivity, ascent, climb, rise, upgrade
Antonyms:
declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
a downward slope or bend
Types:
uphill
the upward slope of a hill
Type of:
incline, side, slope
an elevated geological formation
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v increase

Synonyms:
enhance, heighten
Types:
potentiate
increase the effect of or act synergistically with (a drug or a physiological or biochemical phenomenon)
Type of:
compound, deepen, heighten, intensify
make more intense, stronger, or more marked

v raise the level or amount of something

raise my salary”
raise the price of bread”
Types:
bump up
increase or raise
Type of:
increase
make bigger or more

v invigorate or heighten

Synonyms:
lift
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

v raise in rank or condition

Synonyms:
elevate, lift
Types:
dignify
raise the status of
exalt
raise in rank, character, or status
deify
exalt to the position of a God
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

Synonyms:
advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, upgrade
Antonyms:
break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
Types:
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tenure
give life-time employment to
bring up
promote from a lower position or rank
spot promote
promote on the spot
ennoble, entitle, gentle
give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
favor, favour, prefer
promote over another
brevet
promote somebody by brevet, in the military
baronetise, baronetize
confer baronetcy upon
lord
make a lord of someone
dub, knight
raise (someone) to knighthood
advantage
give an advantage to
Type of:
assign, delegate, depute, designate
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

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

Type of:
multiply
combine by multiplication

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

Type of:
bid, call
make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

v bet more than the previous player

Type of:
bet, play, wager
stake on the outcome of an issue

v put an end to

raise a siege”
Synonyms:
lift
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt

n increasing the size of a bet (as in poker)

“I'll see your raise and double it”
Types:
double, doubling
raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2
Type of:
gamble
a risky act or venture
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v summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

raise the specter of unemployment”
Synonyms:
arouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, stir
call forth, evoke, kick up, provoke
evoke or provoke to appear or occur
Types:
anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, curse, damn, imprecate, maledict
wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
bless
give a benediction to
anele, anoint, embrocate, inunct, oil
administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

raise a smile”
Synonyms:
arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke
Types:
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strike a chord, touch a chord
evoke a reaction, response, or emotion
ask for, invite
increase the likelihood of
draw
elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.
rekindle
arouse again
infatuate
arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way
prick
to cause a sharp emotional pain
fire up, heat, ignite, inflame, stir up, wake
arouse or excite feelings and passions
excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
excite
arouse or elicit a feeling
anger
make angry
discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset
cause to lose one's composure
shame
cause to be ashamed
bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
hurt the feelings of
overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
interest
excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
devastate
overwhelm or overpower
absorb, engage, engross, occupy
consume all of one's attention or time
clutch, get hold of, seize
affect
affront, diss, insult
treat, mention, or speak to rudely
ferment
work up into agitation or excitement
fuel
stimulate
arouse, excite, sex, turn on, wind up
stimulate sexually
affright, fright, frighten, scare
cause fear in
enervate, faze, unnerve, unsettle
disturb the composure of
dissolve
cause to lose control emotionally
combust
cause to become violent or angry
miff
cause to be annoyed
gall, irk
irritate or vex
exasperate, incense, infuriate
make furious
madden
make mad
offend, pique
cause to feel resentment or indignation
bemuse, bewilder, discombobulate, throw
cause to be confused emotionally
abash, embarrass
cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
discountenance
look with disfavor on
anguish, hurt, pain
cause emotional anguish or make miserable
lacerate
deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
sting
cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging
enrage
put into a rage; make violently angry
thrill, tickle, vibrate
feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
afflict
cause great unhappiness for; distress
abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
invite, tempt
give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
kill
overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
benight
overtake with darkness or night
knock out
overwhelm with admiration
stagger
astound or overwhelm, as with shock
lock
hold fast (in a certain state)
elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
animate, enliven, exalt, inspire, invigorate
heighten or intensify
titillate
excite pleasurably or erotically
aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate
exasperate or irritate
fascinate, grip, spellbind, transfix
to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
enthuse
cause to feel enthusiasm
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v activate or stir up

raise a mutiny”
Type of:
incite, instigate, set off, stir up
provoke or stir up

v create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise

raise hell”
raise the roof”
raise Cain”
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v cause to become alive again

raise from the dead”
Synonyms:
resurrect, upraise
resurrect, rise, uprise
return from the dead
Type of:
resuscitate, revive
cause to regain consciousness

v cause to be heard or known; express or utter

raise a shout”
raise a protest”
raise a sad cry”
Types:
bring forward, call up
bring forward for consideration
Type of:
express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

v put forward for consideration or discussion

raise the question of promotions”
Synonyms:
bring up
Type of:
advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
make reference to

v establish radio communications with

“They managed to raise Hanoi last night”
Type of:
contact, get hold of, get through, reach
be in or establish communication with

v cause to assemble or enlist in the military

raise an army”
Synonyms:
levy, recruit
Type of:
draft, enlist, muster in
engage somebody to enter the army

v collect funds for a specific purpose

“The President raised several million dollars for his college”
Types:
fund raise, fund-raise, fundraise
raise money for a cause or project
Type of:
collect, take in
call for and obtain payment of
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v cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques

“We raise hogs here”
Synonyms:
farm, grow, produce
Types:
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carry
bear (a crop)
overproduce
produce in excess; produce more than needed or wanted
keep
raise
herd
keep, move, or drive animals
Type of:
cultivate
foster the growth of

v bring up

raise a family”
Synonyms:
bring up, nurture, parent, rear
Types:
fledge
feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
cradle
bring up from infancy
foster
bring up under fosterage; of children
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