I UK [reɪz] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "raise":
present tense I/you/we/they raise he/she/it raises present participle raising past tense raised past participle raised
1) to put something in a higher place or position

He could hardly raise the injured arm at all.

raise your hand (= in order to show that you want to speak):

A number of children raised their hands.

raise something to your lips/mouth:

With a shaky hand, he slowly raised the cup to his lips.

a) to lift something into an upright position

The job of raising the walls should be completed tomorrow.

b) to lift yourself from a sitting or lying position

She could barely raise herself out of the chair.

c) to bring a ship that has sunk back to the surface of the water

Bad weather has so far hampered attempts to raise the vessel.

2) to increase a number, amount, or level

The money could be found by raising income tax by two per cent.

They had raised their prices to unreasonable levels.

a) to increase the quality or standard of something

The aim is to modernize production methods and raise safety standards.

b) to increase the value of a bet in a card game
3) to collect money for a particular purpose

We managed to raise over £4,000 through sponsored events.

We need your help to raise money for urgent medical research.

a) to mention something so that it can be discussed

Are there any other questions you would like to raise at the meeting?

raise something with someone:

We will raise the issue of working hours with the manager.

b) to make people start to think about or realize something

The accident raises a number of questions about the safety of the system.

5) to make someone have a particular feeling or reaction
raise doubts/fears:

Doubts have been raised about the company's right to use this land.

6) to take care of children while they are growing up
raise a family:

For most parents, raising a family is a positive challenge.

raise someone as something:

The children were raised as vegetarians.

born and raised:

This seems strange to someone born and raised in the city.

7) mainly American to keep a particular type of animal or grow a particular crop

She's been raising sheep for over 40 years.

8) formal to build something

Monuments were raised in honour of the dead.

9) literary to wake someone up
10) maths if you raise a number to the power of a particular number, you multiply the first number by itself a particular number of times

3 raised to the third power is 27.

raise (someone's) hopes/expectations — to make someone hope or expect that something will be very good or successful

It would be unfair to raise your hopes at this early stage.

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II UK [reɪz] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "raise":
singular raise plural raises American
a rise in the amount that you are paid for work

English dictionary. 2014.

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