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raise    : [r'ez]
Raise \Raise\ (r[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raised} (r[=a]zd);
p. pr. & vb. n. {Raising}.] [OE. reisen, Icel. reisa,
causative of r[imac]sa to rise. See {Rise}, and cf. {Rear} to
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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:
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(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.
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This gentleman came to be raised to great
titles. --Clarendon.
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The plate pieces of eight were raised three
pence in the piece. --Sir W.
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(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
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(c) To elevate in degree according to some scale; as, to
raise the pitch of the voice; to raise the temperature
of a room.
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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:
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(a) To cause to spring up from a recumbent position, from
a state of quiet, or the like; to awaken; to arouse.
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They shall not awake, nor be raised out of their
sleep. --Job xiv. 12.
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(b) To rouse to action; to stir up; to incite to tumult,
struggle, or war; to excite.
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He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind.
--Ps. cvii.
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Aeneas . . . employs his pains,
In parts remote, to raise the Tuscan swains.
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(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.
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Why should it be thought a thing incredible with
you, that God should raise the dead ? --Acts
xxvi. 8.
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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:
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(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.
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I will raise forts against thee. --Isa. xxix.
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(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."
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(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." --Johnson's Dict.
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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.
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I was raised, as they say in Virginia, among the
mountains of the North. --Paulding.
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(d) To bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise,
come forth, or appear; -- often with up.
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I will raise them up a prophet from among their
brethren, like unto thee. --Deut. xviii.
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God vouchsafes to raise another world
From him [Noah], and all his anger to forget.
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(e) To give rise to; to set agoing; to occasion; to start;
to originate; as, to raise a smile or a blush.
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Thou shalt not raise a false report. --Ex.
xxiii. 1.
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(f) To give vent or utterance to; to utter; to strike up.
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Soon as the prince appears, they raise a cry.
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(g) To bring to notice; to submit for consideration; as,
to raise a point of order; to raise an objection.
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4. To cause to rise, as by the effect of leaven; to make
light and spongy, as bread.
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Miss Liddy can dance a jig, and raise paste.
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5. (Naut.)
(a) To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher
by drawing nearer to it; as, to raise Sandy Hook
(b) To let go; as in the command, Raise tacks and sheets,
i. e., Let go tacks and sheets.
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6. (Law) To create or constitute; as, to raise a use, that
is, to create it. --Burrill.
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{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

{To raise a siege}, to relinquish an attempt to take a place
by besieging it, or to cause the attempt to be

{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]
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Syn: To lift; exalt; elevate; erect; originate; cause;
produce; grow; heighten; aggravate; excite.
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n 1: the amount a salary is increased; "he got a 3% raise"; "he
got a wage hike" [synonym: {raise}, {rise}, {wage hike},
{hike}, {wage increase}, {salary increase}]
2: an upward slope or grade (as in a road); "the car couldn't
make it up the rise" [synonym: {ascent}, {acclivity}, {rise},
{raise}, {climb}, {upgrade}] [ant: {declension},
{declination}, {decline}, {declivity}, {descent},
{downslope}, {fall}]
3: increasing the size of a bet (as in poker); "I'll see your
raise and double it"
4: the act of raising something; "he responded with a lift of
his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for
getting ladders up" [synonym: {lift}, {raise}, {heave}]
v 1: raise the level or amount of something; "raise my salary";
"raise the price of bread"
2: raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands";
"Lift a load" [synonym: {raise}, {lift}, {elevate}, {get up},
{bring up}] [ant: {bring down}, {get down}, {let down},
{lower}, {take down}]
3: cause to be heard or known; express or utter; "raise a
shout"; "raise a protest"; "raise a sad cry"
4: collect funds for a specific purpose; "The President raised
several million dollars for his college"
5: cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means
of agricultural techniques; "The Bordeaux region produces
great red wines"; "They produce good ham in Parma"; "We grow
wheat here"; "We raise hogs here" [synonym: {grow}, {raise},
{farm}, {produce}]
6: bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [synonym: {rear},
{raise}, {bring up}, {nurture}, {parent}]
7: summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by
magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild
birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
[synonym: {raise}, {conjure}, {conjure up}, {invoke}, {evoke},
{stir}, {call down}, {arouse}, {bring up}, {put forward},
{call forth}]
8: move upwards; "lift one's eyes" [synonym: {lift}, {raise}]
9: construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn" [synonym: {raise},
{erect}, {rear}, {set up}, {put up}] [ant: {dismantle},
{level}, {pull down}, {rase}, {raze}, {take down}, {tear
10: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse
pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" [synonym: {arouse},
{elicit}, {enkindle}, {kindle}, {evoke}, {fire}, {raise},
11: create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise;
"raise hell"; "raise the roof"; "raise Cain"
12: raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people
from poverty" [synonym: {lift}, {raise}, {elevate}]
13: increase; "This will enhance your enjoyment"; "heighten the
tension" [synonym: {enhance}, {heighten}, {raise}]
14: give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John
was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women
tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted
after many years of hard work" [synonym: {promote}, {upgrade},
{advance}, {kick upstairs}, {raise}, {elevate}] [ant:
{break}, {bump}, {demote}, {kick downstairs}, {relegate}]
15: cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread" [synonym:
{raise}, {leaven}, {prove}]
16: bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
17: bet more than the previous player
18: cause to assemble or enlist in the military; "raise an
army"; "recruit new soldiers" [synonym: {recruit}, {levy},
19: put forward for consideration or discussion; "raise the
question of promotions"; "bring up an unpleasant topic"
[synonym: {raise}, {bring up}]
20: pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof
of the mouth; "raise your `o'"
21: activate or stir up; "raise a mutiny"
22: establish radio communications with; "They managed to raise
Hanoi last night"
23: multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8
is 2 raised to the power 3
24: bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to
project; "raised edges"
25: invigorate or heighten; "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego"
[synonym: {raise}, {lift}]
26: put an end to; "lift a ban"; "raise a siege" [synonym: {lift},
27: cause to become alive again; "raise from the dead"; "Slavery
is already dead, and cannot be resurrected"; "Upraising
ghosts" [synonym: {resurrect}, {raise}, {upraise}]

517 Moby Thesaurus words for "raise":
Olympian heights, abandon, abet, access, accession, accretion,
accrual, accruement, acculturate, accumulate, accumulation, acme,
add to, addition, advance, advancement, aerial heights,
agglomerate, aggrandize, aggrandizement, aggregate, aggroup, amass,
ameliorate, amend, amplification, amplify, animate, answer, apex,
apotheose, apotheosize, appreciation, apprentice, approach, arouse,
articulate, ascent, assemble, augment, augmentation, awaken,
ballooning, batch, beatify, better, bloat, bloating, blow up, boom,
boost, boss, break, break in, breathe, breed, bring about,
bring forward, bring together, bring up, broach, broaden,
broadening, build, build up, buildup, bulk, bulk out, bunch,
bunch together, bunch up, buoy, buoy up, call, call up,
call up spirits, canonize, carve, cast, cast up, cause, chase,
cheer up, chime, chisel, chorus, christen, civilize, clump,
cluster, collect, colligate, collocate, combine, come out with,
commandeer, communicate, communicate with, compare, compile,
compose, compound, concoct, condition, conglomerate, conjure,
conjure up, conjure up spirits, conscript, construct, contact,
convene, convert, convey, corral, correspond, create, crescendo,
crop, crown, cultivate, culture, cumulate, deify, deliver, detach,
detach for service, develop, development, devise, dig up, dilate,
discipline, disclose, discontinue, distend, dizzy heights, draft,
draw together, dredge up, drill, drive together, dryfarm, edema,
edify, educate, elaborate, elate, elevate, elevation, eliminate,
emboss, emend, eminence, emit, encourage, engender, enhance,
enlarge, enlargement, enlighten, enlist, ennoble, ennoblement,
enrich, enroll, enshrine, enthrone, enunciate, erect, escalate,
establish, establish connection, ether, evoke, evolve, exalt,
exaltation, exercise, exhilarate, expand, expansion, express,
extend, extension, extract, extrude, fabricate, farm, fashion,
father, fatten, favor, feed, ferment, fetch up, fill out, fit,
fling off, float, flood, foment, form, formulate, forward, foster,
found, frame, fudge together, gain, garden, gather, gather in,
gather together, get, get in, get to, get together, get up, give,
give expression, give out with, give rise to, give tongue,
give utterance, give voice, glamorize, glorify, go straight,
graduate, graduation, greatening, groom, group, grow, growth, gush,
harvest, hatch, haul up, heave, heaven, heavens, heft, height,
heighten, heights, heist, hike, hike up, hoick, hoist, hold up,
house-train, housebreak, huff, immortalize, impart, impress,
improve, improve upon, inaugurate, increase, increment, indite,
induct, inflate, inflation, initiate, inspire, install, instigate,
institute, interrogate, introduce, invigorate, invoke, jack up,
jerk up, join, jump, jump up, juxtapose, keep, kick upstairs,
knight, knighting, knock up, lard, launch, leap, leaven, lengthen,
let out, levitate, levy, lick into shape, lift, lift up, lionize,
lip, list, lob, loft, lump together, machine, magnify,
maintain connection, make, make advances, make an improvement,
make contact with, make legendary, make overtures, make up,
make up to, manufacture, mass, match, mature, maximize, meliorate,
mend, mention, mill, mine, mobilize, mold, moot, mother, mounting,
multiplication, muster, muster in, nurse, nurture, obtain,
occasion, open, originate, out with, pair, parent, parlay, partner,
pass, passing, patch together, pay raise, perk up, phonate, phrase,
pick up, piece together, pique, pitch, plant, pour forth, practice,
prefabricate, prefer, preferment, prepare, present, press, process,
produce, productiveness, proliferation, promote, promotion, prompt,
pronounce, propagate, provoke, puff, puff up, pull together,
pull up, pump, pump up, put forth, put forward, put in motion,
put in tune, put in words, put to school, put together, put up,
pyramid, question, quicken, raise aloft, raise ghosts, raise up,
rake up, rally, ranch, rarefy, reach, ready, rear, rear aloft,
rear up, recruit, refine, refine upon, reform, rehearse, relate to,
relieve, remove, reply to, respond to, ridge, ring in, rise,
rising ground, round up, rouse, run, run up, saint, sanctify, say,
scrape together, send to school, set, set agoing, set astir,
set forth, set in motion, set on foot, set up, shape, sharecrop,
shout, sign on, sign up, sky, smelt, snowballing, socialize,
solicit, sound, spread, stand upright, start going, start up,
steep, stick up, stimulate, stir, stir up, straighten out,
stratosphere, stretch, sufflate, suggest, summon, summon spirits,
surge, swell, swelling, take in hand, take up, tell, terminate,
thicken, throne, throw off, throw up, train, transfigure,
transform, tumescence, turn on, up, upbuoy, upcast, upend, upgrade,
upgrading, upheave, uphoist, uphold, uplift, upping, upraise,
uprear, upright, uprise, upsurge, upswing, upthrow, uptrend,
upturn, usher in, utter, vantage ground, vantage point, verbalize,
vitalize, vivify, vocalize, voice, wake up, waken, waxing, whip in,
whisper, whomp up, widen, widening, word, write, zenith

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