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verb [transitive] raise pronunciation in American English /reɪz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleraising
past tenseraised
past participleraised
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  1. 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.
    1. a.
      to lift something into an upright position
      The job of raising the walls should be completed tomorrow.
    2. b.
      to lift yourself from a sitting or lying position
      She could barely raise herself out of the chair.
    3. 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. 2
    to increase a number, amount, or level
    The budget can be balanced by raising income taxes by 2 percent.
    They had raised their prices to unreasonable levels.
    1. a.
      to increase the quality or standard of something
      The aim is to modernize production methods and raise safety standards.
  3. 3
    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.
  4. 4
    to collect money for a particular purpose
    We managed to raise over $4,000 through donations and other events.
    We need your help to raise money for urgent medical research.
  5. 5
    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.
    1. a.
      to make people start to think about or realize something
      The accident raises a number of questions about the safety of the system.
  6. 6
    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.
  7. 7
    to keep a particular type of animal or grow a particular crop
    She’s been raising sheep for over 40 years.
  8. 8
    formal to build something
    Monuments were raised in honor of the dead.



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