noun Linguistics.

a rule of transformational grammar that shifts the subject or object of an embedded clause into the subject or object position of the main clause, as in the derivation of The suspect appears to be innocent from It appears that the suspect is innocent.

Origin of raising

Related formsself-rais·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-raising

Historical Examples of self-raising

  • A good crust is made from self-raising flour, butter, and an egg.

    Paper-bag Cookery

    Vera Serkoff

  • Guthrie was rising in the middle of it like a lump of self-raising dough.

  • He had been inoculated with the yeast of it, and from that point onward would be self-raising.

    Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester

  • The next time, Thad said, they would carry the self-raising kind of flour along, when they would be sure of having light bread.

  • Make a nice, but not too rich, crust from vegetable lard and self-raising flour.

    Paper-bag Cookery

    Vera Serkoff

British Dictionary definitions for self-raising



(of flour) having a raising agent, such as baking powder, already added



transformational grammar a rule that moves a constituent from an embedded clause into the main clauseSee also subject-raising, negative-raising
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Word Origin and History for self-raising



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]
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