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verb [transitive]     raise pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleraising
past tenseraised
past participleraised
  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 money could be found by raising income tax by two per cent.

    They had raised their prices to unreasonable levels.

    1. b.
      to increase the value of a bet in a card game
  3. 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.

  4. 4
    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.

  5. 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. 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. 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. 8
    formal to build something

    Monuments were raised in honour of the dead.

  9. 9
    literary to wake someone up
  10. 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.

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