Definition for raising (2 of 2)
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 raising
The benefits of incumbency are quite potent, especially in the all-important area of raising campaign funds.
The band turned back around, raising a lively tune to signal life would go on.
I learned that he was working and living in the Lower East Side, delivering orders for an Italian restaurant and raising two kids.
Peters again complies, stepping aside and raising both hands.
After raising a cool $2m last night, Will met the President today in DC while Kate visited a Harlem youth project.
By raising the flaps on one side and lowering them on the other the balance was well preserved.The Boy's Book of New Inventions|Harry E. Maule
"By strangulation," said the old gipsy, raising her palsied hand to her throat.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
Bofinger exclaimed, and raising his fists he cried, "Oh, that devil!"Max Fargus|Owen Johnson
We must demand more of ourselves and our children by raising literacy levels dramatically by the year 2000.
Equally abortive, as might have been anticipated, was the scheme for raising a militia of 50,000 men.Herzegovina|George Arbuthnot
British Dictionary definitions for raising (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for raising (2 of 2)
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 raising (1 of 3)
mid-14c., "an act of elevating," verbal noun from raise (v.). Specifically in American English, "the erecting of a building," by 1650s.
RAISING. In New England and the Northern States, the operation or work of setting up the frame of a building. [Webster, 1830]
Word Origin and History for raising (1 of 3)
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 raising (2 of 3)
"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 raising
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