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.

Definitions of raise
  1. verb
    move upwards
    synonyms: lift
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. verb
    raise from a lower to a higher position
    Raise your hands”
    synonyms: bring up, elevate, get up, lift
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    bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down
    move something or somebody to a lower position
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    get up
    cause to rise
    jack, jack up
    lift with a special device
    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
    move from one place to another by lifting
    raise (gases or fluids) with a pump
    cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity
    raise or support (the level of printing) by inserting a piece of paper or cardboard under the type
    elevate onto skids
    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
    increase the height of
    boost, hike, hike up
    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
    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. verb
    construct, build, or erect
    Raise a barn”
    synonyms: erect, put up, rear, set up
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    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
  4. verb
    cause to puff up with a leaven
    synonyms: leaven, prove
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    type of:
    bring up, elevate, get up, lift
    raise from a lower to a higher position
  5. verb
    bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project
    raised edges”
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    bring out, set off
    direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
  6. verb
    pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth
    raise your `o'”
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    articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  7. noun
    the act of raising something
    synonyms: heave, lift
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    type of:
    actuation, propulsion
    the act of propelling
  8. noun
    the amount a salary is increased
    “he got a 3% raise
    synonyms: hike, rise, salary increase, wage hike, wage increase
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    type of:
    increase, increment
    the amount by which something increases
  9. noun
    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
    synonyms: acclivity, ascent, climb, rise, upgrade
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    declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
    a downward slope or bend
    the upward slope of a hill
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    incline, side, slope
    an elevated geological formation
  10. verb
    synonyms: enhance, heighten
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    increase the effect of or act synergistically with (a drug or a physiological or biochemical phenomenon)
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    compound, deepen, heighten, intensify
    make more intense, stronger, or more marked
  11. verb
    raise the level or amount of something
    raise my salary”
    raise the price of bread”
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    bump up
    increase or raise
    type of:
    make bigger or more
  12. verb
    invigorate or heighten
    synonyms: lift
  13. verb
    raise in rank or condition
    synonyms: elevate, lift
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    raise the status of
    raise in rank, character, or status
    exalt to the position of a God
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  14. verb
    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    synonyms: advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, upgrade
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    break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
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    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 or prefer over another
    promote somebody by brevet, in the military
    baronetise, baronetize
    confer baronetcy upon
    make a lord of someone
    dub, knight
    raise (someone) to knighthood
    give an advantage to
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    assign, delegate, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  15. verb
    multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3
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    type of:
    combine by multiplication
  16. verb
    bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
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    type of:
    bid, call
    make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
  17. verb
    bet more than the previous player
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    type of:
    bet, play, wager
    stake on the outcome of an issue
  18. verb
    put an end to
    raise a siege”
    synonyms: lift
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    type of:
    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
  19. noun
    increasing the size of a bet (as in poker)
    “I'll see your raise and double it”
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    double, doubling
    raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2
    type of:
    a risky act or venture
  20. verb
    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
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    anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, curse, damn, imprecate, maledict
    wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
    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
  21. verb
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    raise a smile”
    synonyms: arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke
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    strike a chord, touch a chord
    evoke a reaction, response, or emotion
    ask for, invite
    increase the likelihood of
    elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.
    arouse again
    arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way
    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
    arouse or elicit a feeling
    make angry
    discomfit, discompose, disconcert, rattle, untune, upset
    cause to lose one's composure
    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
    excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
    beg the question
    elicit or call to mind a question, especially one that has not yet been addressed
    increase or intensify an emotion or response
    overwhelm or overpower
    absorb, engage, engross, occupy
    consume all of one's attention or time
    clutch, get hold of, seize
    affront, diss, insult
    treat, mention, or speak to rudely
    work up into agitation or excitement
    arouse, excite, sex, turn on, wind up
    stimulate sexually
    affright, fright, frighten, scare
    cause fear in
    enervate, faze, unnerve, unsettle
    disturb the composure of
    cause to lose control emotionally
    cause to become violent or angry
    cause to be annoyed
    gall, irk
    irritate or vex
    exasperate, incense, infuriate
    make furious
    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
    look with disfavor on
    anguish, hurt, pain
    cause emotional anguish or make miserable
    deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
    cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging
    put into a rage; make violently angry
    thrill, tickle, vibrate
    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
    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
    overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
    overtake with darkness or night
    knock out
    overwhelm with admiration
    astound or overwhelm, as with shock
    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
    excite pleasurably or erotically
    aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate
    exasperate or irritate
    fascinate, grip, spellbind, transfix
    render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
    cause to feel enthusiasm
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  22. verb
    activate or stir up
    raise a mutiny”
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    incite, instigate, set off, stir up
    provoke or stir up
  23. verb
    create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise
    raise hell”
    raise the roof”
    raise Cain”
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  24. verb
    cause to become alive again
    raise from the dead”
    synonyms: resurrect, upraise
    resurrect, rise, uprise
    return from the dead
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    resuscitate, revive
    cause to regain consciousness
  25. verb
    cause to be heard or known; express or utter
    raise a shout”
    raise a protest”
    raise a sad cry”
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    bring forward, call up
    bring forward for consideration
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    express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  26. verb
    put forward for consideration or discussion
    raise the question of promotions”
    synonyms: bring up
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    advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
    make reference to
  27. verb
    establish radio communications with
    “They managed to raise Hanoi last night”
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    type of:
    contact, get hold of, get through, reach
    be in or establish communication with
  28. verb
    cause to assemble or enlist in the military
    raise an army”
    synonyms: levy, recruit
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    draft, enlist, muster in
    engage somebody to enter the army
  29. verb
    collect funds for a specific purpose
    “The President raised several million dollars for his college”
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    fund raise, fund-raise, fundraise
    raise money for a cause or project
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    collect, take in
    call for and obtain payment of
  30. verb
    cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
    “We raise hogs here”
    synonyms: farm, grow, produce
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    bear (a crop)
    produce in excess; produce more than needed or wanted
    keep, move, or drive animals
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    foster the growth of
  31. verb
    bring up
    raise a family”
    synonyms: bring up, nurture, parent, rear
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    feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
    bring up from infancy
    bring up under fosterage; of children
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