Raise v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raised p. pr. & vb. n. Raising.]
1. 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. Hence, figuratively: --
(a) 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.
This gentleman came to be raised to great titles. --Clarendon.
The plate pieces of eight were raised three pence in the piece. --Sir W. Temple.
(b) 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.
(c) To elevate in degree according to some scale; as, to raise the pitch of the voice; to raise the temperature of a room.
2. 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. Hence: --
(a) To cause to spring up from a recumbent position, from a state of quiet, or the like; to awaken; to arouse.
They shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. --Job xiv. 12.
(b) To rouse to action; to stir up; to incite to tumult, struggle, or war; to excite.
He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind. --Ps. cvii. 25.
Aeneas . . . employs his pains,
In parts remote, to raise the Tuscan swains. --Dryden.
(c) 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.
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead ? --Acts xxvi. 8.
3. 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. Hence, specifically: --
(a) 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.
I will raise forts against thee. --Isa. xxix. 3.
(b) 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 raise up a rent.”
(c) To cause to grow; to procure to be produced, bred, or propagated; to grow; as, to raise corn, barley, hops, etc.; toraise cattle. “He raised sheep.” “He raised wheat where none grew before.”
Note: ☞ In some parts of the United States, notably in the Southern States, raise is also commonly applied to the rearing or bringing up of children.
I was raised, as they say in Virginia, among the mountains of the North. --Paulding.
(d) To bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise, come forth, or appear; -- often with up.
I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee. --Deut. xviii. 18.
God vouchsafes to raise another world
From him [Noah], and all his anger to forget. --Milton.
(e) To give rise to; to set agoing; to occasion; to start; to originate; as, to raise a smile or a blush.
Thou shalt not raise a false report. --Ex. xxiii. 1.
(f) To give vent or utterance to; to utter; to strike up.
Soon as the prince appears, they raise a cry. --Dryden.
(g) To bring to notice; to submit for consideration; as, to raise a point of order; to raise an objection.
4. To cause to rise, as by the effect of leaven; to make light and spongy, as bread.
Miss Liddy can dance a jig, and raise paste. --Spectator.
5. Naut. (a) To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher by drawing nearer to it; as, to raise Sandy Hook light. (b) To let go; as in the command, Raise tacks and sheets, i. e., Let go tacks and sheets.
6. Law To create or constitute; as, to raise a use, that is, to create it.
To raise a blockade Mil., 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 raise a check, note, bill of exchange, etc., to increase fraudulently its nominal value by changing the writing, figures, or printing in which the sum payable is specified.
To raise a siege, to relinquish an attempt to take a place by besieging it, or to cause the attempt to be relinquished.
To raise steam, to produce steam of a required pressure.
To raise the wind, to procure ready money by some temporary expedient. [Colloq.]
To raise Cain, or To raise the devil, to cause a great disturbance; to make great trouble. [Slang]
Syn: -- To lift; exalt; elevate; erect; originate; cause; produce; grow; heighten; aggravate; excite.
n 1: the amount a salary is increased; "he got a 3% raise"; "he
got a wage hike" [syn: rise, wage hike, hike, wage
increase, salary increase]
2: an upward slope or grade (as in a road); "the car couldn't
make it up the rise" [syn: ascent, acclivity, rise,
climb, upgrade] [ant: descent]
3: increasing the size of a bet (as in poker); "I'll see your
raise and double it"
4: the act of raising something; "he responded with a lift of
his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for
getting ladders up" [syn: lift, heave]
v 1: raise the level or amount of something; "raise my salary";
"raise the price of bread"
2: raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands";
"Lift a load" [syn: lift, elevate, get up, bring up]
3: cause to be heard or known; express or utter; "raise a
shout"; "raise a protest"; "raise a sad cry"
4: collect funds for a specific purpose; "The President raised
several million dollars for his college"
5: cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means
of agricultural techniques; "The Bordeaux region produces
great red wines"; "They produce good ham in Parma"; "We
grow wheat here"; "We raise hogs here" [syn: grow, farm,
6: bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn: rear,
bring up, nurture, parent]
7: evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic; "raise the
specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the
air"; "stir a disturbance"; "call down the spirits from
the mountain" [syn: conjure, conjure up, invoke, evoke,
stir, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward,
8: move upwards; "lift one's eyes" [syn: lift]
9: construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn" [syn: erect, rear,
set up, put up] [ant: level]
10: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse
pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" [syn: arouse,
elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, provoke]
11: create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise;
"raise hell"; "raise the roof"; "raise Cain"
12: raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people
from poverty" [syn: lift, elevate]
13: increase; "This will enhance your enjoyment"; "heighten the
tension" [syn: enhance, heighten]
14: give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John
was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women
tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got
promoted after many years of hard work" [syn: promote,
upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, elevate] [ant: demote]
15: cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread" [syn: leaven,
16: in bridge: bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
17: bet more than the previous player
18: cause to assemble or enlist in the military; "raise an
army"; "recruit new soldiers" [syn: recruit, levy]
19: put forward for consideration or discussion; "raise the
question of promotions"; "bring up an unpleasant topic"
[syn: bring up]
20: pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof
of the mouth; "raise your `o'"
21: activate or stir up; "raise a mutiny"
22: establish radio communications with; "They managed to raise
Hanoi last night"
23: multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8
is 2 raised to the power 3
24: bring (a surface, a design, etc.) into relief and cause to
project; "raised edges"
25: invigorate or heighten; "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego"
26: put an end to; "lift a ban"; "raise a siege" [syn: lift]
27: cause to become alive again; "raise from the dead"; "Slavery
is already dead, and cannot be resurrected"; "Upraising
ghosts" [syn: resurrect, upraise]