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.
1. The act of lifting, setting up, elevating, exalting, producing, or restoring to life.
2. Specifically, the operation or work of setting up the frame of a building; as, to help at a raising. [U.S.]
3. The operation of embossing sheet metal, or of forming it into cup-shaped or hollow articles, by hammering, stamping, or spinning.
Raising bee, a bee for raising the frame of a building. See Bee, n., 2. [U.S.] --W. Irving.
Raising hammer, a hammer with a rounded face, used in raising sheet metal.
Raising plate Carp., the plate, or longitudinal timber, on which a roof is raised and rests.
adj : increasing in quantity or value; "a cost-raising increase in
the basic wage rate"
n 1: the event of something being raised upward; "an elevation of
the temperature in the afternoon"; "a raising of the
land resulting from volcanic activity" [syn: elevation,
2: the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were
treated as a child [syn: rearing, nurture]
3: raising someone to be an accepted member of the community;
"they debated whether nature or nurture was more
important" [syn: breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage,
nurture, rearing, upbringing]