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adjective     raw pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    raw food has not been cooked, or has not been thoroughly cooked

    raw meat

    The chicken is still raw.

    1. a.
      raw substances have not been changed by any chemical processes

      There was raw sewage on the beach.

  2. 2
    basic and natural, and not developed or made more pleasant or satisfactory

    Their music is still raw and unpretentious.

    He gives a raw account of life in the camps.

  3. 3
    raw data consists of information, facts, etc. that have not been examined or organized

    We can’t draw many conclusions from the raw data.

  4. 4
    not trained or experienced

    They are mostly raw recruits, not professional soldiers.

  5. 5
    if your skin is raw, it is very sore

    His face was raw from the cold.

    red and raw (=red and sore):

    I scrubbed my hands until they were red and raw.

  6. 7
    American informal containing sexual language or detailed descriptions of sex

    Her humor was a little too raw for my taste.

  7. 8
    British the raw edge of a piece of cloth is an edge where the fibers are loose and separate

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noun [uncountable]

There was a rawness and honesty in the children’s paintings.

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