verb (used with object), raised, rais·ing.
- to increase (another player's bet).
- to bet at a higher level than (a preceding bettor).
- to cause (something) to rise above the visible horizon by approaching it.
- to come in sight of (land, a whale, etc.).
verb (used without object), raised, rais·ing.
Origin of raise
Rise is almost exclusively intransitive in its standard uses. Its forms are irregular: My husband usually rises before seven. The earliest I have ever risen is eight. The sun rose in a cloudless sky. The dough is rising now.
Both raise and rear are used in the United States to refer to the upbringing of children. Although raise was formerly condemned in this sense (“You raise hogs but you rear children”), it is now standard.
In American English, a person receives a raise in salary. In British English it is a rise.
Examples from the Web for raise
His wife passed away and they had kids, and he wanted to focus on being a dad so he just stopped to raise his kids.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These brave souls took an icy dip in the ocean to ring in 2015 and raise money for charity.Diving Into 2015 With Polar Bear Plunge Extremists|James Joiner|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We happily hoist our egg nog in the air, embrace each other, and raise our out-of-tune voices in song.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So with the doors of late night closed to her, Slate had to scale down her ambitions to raise her profile.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We are gathered for one reason and one reason alone—to raise money to help fulfill that dream and that purpose.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Several expeditionary armies were formed and despatched by the Tien-wang to raise the country in different directions.Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh|Augustus F. Lindley
Wishes were spaniels; he had but a finger to raise, and they fawned at his feet.The Pace That Kills|Edgar Saltus
Freeman is now endeavoring to raise money to make the purchase.
Never before had Hilary heard him raise his voice to that pitch.Slaves of Mercury|Nat Schachner
Again did Elmendorf raise his voice in appeal for the rights of his fellow-men.A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike|Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for raise
verb (mainly tr)
- to create a boisterous disturbance
- to react or protest heatedly
- to institute (a suit or action at law)
- to draw up (a summons)
- Also: raise one's eyebrows to look quizzical or surprised
- to give rise to doubt or disapproval
Word Origin for raise
Word Origin and History for raise (1 of 2)
c.1200, "cause a rising of; lift upright, set upright; build, construct," from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse reisa "to raise," from Proto-Germanic *raizjan (cf. Gothic ur-raisjan, Old English ræran "to rear;" see rear (v.)), causative of root *ris- "to rise" (see rise (v.)). At first sharing many senses with native rear (v.).
Meaning "make higher" is from c.1300 in the physical sense, as is that of "restore to life." Of the voice, from late 14c. Meaning "increase the amount of" is from c.1500; from 1530s of prices, etc. Meaning "to bring up" (a question, etc.) is from 1640s. Card-playing sense is from 1821. Meaning "promote the growth of" (plants, etc.) is from 1660s; sense of "foster, rear, bring up" (of children) is from 1744. Meaning "to elevate" (the consciousness) is from 1970. Related: Raised; raising.
Pickering (1816) has a long passage on the use of raise and grow in reference to crops. He writes that in the U.S. raise is used of persons, in the sense "brought up," but it is "never thus used in the Northern States. Bartlett  adds that it "is applied in the Southern States to the breeding of negroes. It is sometimes heard at the North among the illiterate; as 'I was raised in Connecticut,' meaning brought up there."
Word Origin and History for raise (1 of 2)
"act of raising or lifting," 1530s, from raise (v.). Meaning "an increase in amount or value" is from 1728. Meaning "increase in salary or wages" is from 1898, chiefly American English (British preferring rise). Earliest attested use (c.1500) is in obsolete sense of "a levy."
Idioms and Phrases with raise
In addition to the idioms beginning with raise
- raise a hand against
- raise an objection
- raise a stink
- raise Cain
- raise eyebrows
- raise havoc
- raise hell
- raise one's hackles
- raise one's sights
- raise one's voice
- raise the ante
- raise the curtain
- raise the devil
- raise the roof
- cause raised eyebrows
- curtain raiser
- make (raise) a stink
- play (raise) havoc