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
Synonyms for raise
Antonyms for 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.
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Historical Examples of raiser
Raiser pressed ahead, to meditate by himself, as was his wont.Diana of the Crossways, Complete
However the raiser of the devil was imprisoned for the spiritual offence.Cock Lane and Common-Sense
The best the raiser can hope for is to escape before the crime is discovered.Disputed Handwriting
Jerome B. Lavay
Another way of amusin him, is to give him a raiser, and let him play learn to shave.
But, far above, I see the Raiser of the dead girl and the widow's son,—and God is good!Child Life in Prose
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 eyebrowsto look quizzical or surprised
- to give rise to doubt or disapproval
Word Origin for raise
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."
"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."
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