• Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
    Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v raise cause to become alive again "raise from the dead","Slavery is already dead, and cannot be resurrected","Upraising ghosts"
    • v raise raise the level or amount of something "raise my salary","raise the price of bread"
    • v raise increase "This will enhance your enjoyment","heighten the tension"
    • v raise put an end to "lift a ban","raise a siege"
    • v raise raise in rank or condition "The new law lifted many people from poverty"
    • v raise invigorate or heighten "lift my spirits","lift his ego"
    • v raise bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project "raised edges"
    • v raise multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3
    • v raise establish radio communications with "They managed to raise Hanoi last night"
    • v raise activate or stir up "raise a mutiny"
    • v raise cause to be heard or known; express or utter "raise a shout","raise a protest","raise a sad cry"
    • v raise pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth "raise your `o'"
    • v raise put forward for consideration or discussion "raise the question of promotions","bring up an unpleasant topic"
    • v raise cause to assemble or enlist in the military "raise an army","recruit new soldiers"
    • v raise bet more than the previous player
    • v raise bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
    • v raise 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"
    • v raise construct, build, or erect "Raise a barn"
    • v raise 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"
    • v raise create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise "raise hell","raise the roof","raise Cain"
    • v raise call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) "arouse pity","raise a smile","evoke sympathy"
    • v raise move upwards "lift one's eyes"
    • v raise raise from a lower to a higher position "Raise your hands","Lift a load"
    • v raise cause to puff up with a leaven "unleavened bread"
    • v raise collect funds for a specific purpose "The President raised several million dollars for his college"
    • v raise 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"
    • v raise bring up "raise a family","bring up children"
    • n raise the act of raising something "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow","fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"
    • n raise increasing the size of a bet (as in poker) "I'll see your raise and double it"
    • n raise the amount a salary is increased "he got a 3% raise","he got a wage hike"
    • n raise an upward slope or grade (as in a road) "the car couldn't make it up the rise"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise...
As the Shah raised his sword an old man stepped from behind the tree As the Shah raised his sword an old man stepped from behind the tree
"He poised his spear as he raised himself out of the water" "He poised his spear as he raised himself out of the water"
Disappearing gun, raised Disappearing gun, raised

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
    • Raise To bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise, come forth, or appear; -- often with up.
    • Raise 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.
    • Raise To bring to notice; to submit for consideration; as, to raise a point of order; to raise an objection.
    • Raise To bring together; to collect; to levy; to get together or obtain for use or service; as, to raise money, troops, and the like.
    • Raise 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.
    • Raise (Naut) To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher by drawing nearer to it; as, to raise Sandy Hook light.
    • Raise 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.
    • Raise To cause to grow; to procure to be produced, bred, or propagated; to grow; as, to raise corn, barley, hops, etc.; toraise cattle.
    • Raise 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.
    • Raise To cause to rise, as by the effect of leaven; to make light and spongy, as bread. "Miss Liddy can dance a jig, and raise paste."
    • Raise 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.
    • Raise To cause to spring up from a recumbent position, from a state of quiet, or the like; to awaken; to arouse.
    • Raise (Law) To create or constitute; as, to raise a use, that is, to create it.
    • Raise To elevate in degree according to some scale; as, to raise the pitch of the voice; to raise the temperature of a room.
    • Raise 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.
    • Raise To give rise to; to set agoing; to occasion; to start; to originate; as, to raise a smile or a blush.
    • Raise To give vent or utterance to; to utter; to strike up.
    • Raise 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 furnace.
    • Raise (Naut) To let go; as in the command, Raise tacks and sheets, i. e., Let go tacks and sheets.
    • Raise To rouse to action; to stir up; to incite to tumult, struggle, or war; to excite.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, turkeys are mostly raised in California
    • raise To lift or bring up bodily in space; move to a higher place; carry or cause to be carried upward or aloft; hoist: as, to raise one's hand or head; to raise ore from a mine; to raise a flag to the masthead.
    • raise To make upright or erect; cause to stand by lifting; elevate on a base or support; stand or set up: as, to raise a mast or pole; to raise the frame of a building; to raise a fallen man.
    • raise To elevate in position or upward reach; increase the height of; build up, fill, or embank; make higher: as, to raise a building by adding a garret or loft; to raise the bed of a road; the flood raised the river above its banks.
    • raise To make higher or more elevated in state, condition, estimation, amount, or degree; cause to rise in grade, rank, or value; heighten, exalt, advance, enhance, increase, or intensify: as, to raise a man to higher office; to raise one's reputation; to raise the temperature; to raise prices; to raise the tariff.
    • raise To estimate as of importance; cry up; hence, to applaud; extol.
    • raise To form as a piled-up mass, or by upward accretion; erect above a base or foundation; build or heap up: as, to raise a cathedral, a monument, or a mound; an island in the sea. raised by volcanic action.
    • raise To lift off or away; remove by or as if by lifting: take off, as something put on or imposed: as, to raise a blockade.
    • raise To cause to rise in sound; lift up the voice in; especially, to utter in high or loud tones.
    • raise They both, as with one accord, raised a dismal cry.
    • raise To cause to rise in air or water; cause to move in an upward direction: as, to raise a kite; to raise a wreck.
    • raise To cause to rise from an inert or lifeless condition; specifically, to cause to rise from death or the grave; reanimate: as, to raise the dead.
    • raise To cause to rise above the visible horizon, or to the level of observation; bring into view; sight, as by approach: chiefly a nautical use: as, to raise the land by sailing toward it.
    • raise To cause to rise by expansion or swelling; expand the mass of; puff up; inflate: as, to raise bread with yeast.
    • raise To cause to rise into being or manifestation; cause to be or to appear; call forth; evoke: as, to raise a riot; to raise a ghost.
    • raise To promote with care the growth and development of; bring up; rear; grow; breed: as, to raise a family of children (a colloquial use); to raise crops, plants, or cattle.
    • raise To cause a rising of, as into movement or activity; incite to agitation or commotion; rouse; stir up: as, the wind raised the sea; to raise the populace in insurrection; to raise a covey of partridges.
    • raise To cause to arise or come forth as a mass or multitude; draw or bring together; gather; collect; muster: as, to raise a company or an army; to raise an expedition.
    • raise To take up by aggregation or collection; procure an amount or a supply of; bring together for use or possession: as, to raise funds for an enterprise; to raise money on a note; to raise revenue.
    • raise To give rise to, or cause or occasion for; bring into force or operation; originate; start: as, to raise a laugh; to raise an expectation or a hope; to raise an outcry.
    • raise To hold up to view or observation; bring forward for consideration or discussion; exhibit; set forth: as, to raise a question or a point of order.
    • raise To rouse; excite; inflame.
    • raise To incite in thought; cause to come or proceed; bring, lead, or drive, as to a conclusion, a point of view, or an extremity.
    • raise In the arts, to shape in relief, as metal which is hammered, punched, or spun from a thin plate in raised forms. See spin, repoussé.
    • raise Embroidery by means of which a nap or pile like that of velvet is produced, the pattern being worked in looped stitches and thus raised in relief from the background.
    • raise Mosaic of small tesseræ, in which the principal surface is modeled ill relief, as in stucco or plaster, the tesseræ being afterward applied to this surface and following its curves: a variety of the art practised under the Roman empire, but not common since.
    • raise To obtain ready money by some shift or other.
    • raise Synonyms and Raise, Lift, Erect, Elevate, Exalt, Heighten, Heave, Hoist. Raise is the most general and the most freely figurative of these words, and in its various uses represents all the rest, and also many others, as shown in the definitions. Lift is peculiar in implying the exercise of physical or mechanical force, moving the object generally a comparatively short distance upward, but breaking completely its physical contact with the place where it was. To lift a ladder is to take it wholly off the ground, if only an inch; to raise a ladder, we may lift one end and carry it up till it is supported in some way. To lift one's head or arm is a more definite and energetic act than to raise it. We lift a child over a place; we raise one that has fallen. To erect is to set up perpendicularly: as, to erect a flagstaff. To elevate is to raise relatively, generally by an amount not large; the word is often no more than a dignified synonym for raise. To exalt is to raise to dignity; the word is thus used in a physical sense in Isa. xl. 4, “Every valley shall be exalted,” and elsewhere in the Bible; but the figurative or moral sense has now become the principal one, so that the other seems antique. To heighten is to increase in height, either physically or morally: he whom we esteem already is heightened in our esteem by an especially honorable act. To heave is to raise slowly and with effort, and sometimes to throw in like fashion. To hoist is to raise a thing of some weight with some degree of slowness or effort, generally with mechanical help, to a place: as, to hoist a rock, or a flag.—14. Rear, Bring up, Raise. To rear offspring through their tenderer years till they can take care of themselves; to bring up a child in the way he should go; to raise oats and other products of the soil; to raise horses and cattle. Where were you brought up? not, where were you raised? The use of raise in application to persons is a vulgarism. Rear applies only to physical care; bring up applies more to training or education in mind and manners.
    • raise To bring up phlegm, bile, or blood from the throat, lungs, or stomach.
    • n raise Something raised, elevated, or built up; an ascent; a rise; a pile; a cairn.
    • n raise A raising or lifting; removal by lifting or taking away, as of obstructions.
    • n raise A raising or enlarging in amount; an increase or advance: as, a raise of wages; a raise of the stakes in gaming.
    • n raise An acquisition; a getting or procuring by special effort, as of money or chattels: as, to make a raise of a hundred dollars.
    • n raise A dialectal (Scotch) preterit of rise.
    • raise In poker, to increase (the amount bet by any preceding player).
    • n raise In mining, a rise; a riser; an opening at the back of a level to connect it to the level above.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: American actor Jack Nicholson, and American singer Bobby Darrin were raised believing their grandmothers were their mothers and their mothers were their older sisters
    • v.t Raise rāz to cause to rise: to lift up: to hoist: to set upright: to originate or produce: to bring together: to cause to grow or breed: to produce: to give rise to: to exalt: to increase the strength of: to excite: to collect: muster:
    • n Raise an ascent, a cairn:
    • v.t Raise rāz (Scot.) to rouse, inflame: to recall from death: to cause to swell, as dough: to extol: to bring up: to remove, take off, as a blockade: to collect, as to raise a company: to give rise to, as to raise a laugh
    • n Raise (coll.) an enlargement, increase
    • ***


  • Roger Moore
    Roger Moore
    “Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.”
  • Voltaire
    “Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.”
  • John Gay
    “Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another.”
  • William Boetcker
    William Boetcker
    “You cannot raise a man up by calling him down.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We must treasure the achievers of our land because it's they who raise the sights of all the others.”


It takes a village to raise a child - It takes many people to teach a child all that he or she should know.
Raise Cain - (USA) If someone raises Cain, they make a big fuss publicly, causing a disturbance.
Raise eyebrows - If something raises eyebrows, it shocks or surprises people.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. reisen, Icel. reisa, causative of rīsa, to rise. See Rise, and cf. Rear to raise


In literature:

But as the years went on, and prosperity raised Jason Philip definitely into the merchant class, he abandoned the shadier side of his business.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
In future I'll have three sinners to raise my singing.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The great youth raised his head.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
An old word, meaning to raise to honour.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
As he entered the garden Mercy was crossing it with a pail of water just raised from the well.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Unless I raise at least two hundred dollars in the next three months, it's no college for me in September.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
There he raised a new expedition.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
When we raised our lanterns he stood up, and I got a good look at him.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
The man's gun is raised with inexorable purpose.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
He give us a one-acre patch of ground to raise anything we wanted to raise.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

"But when he came to tell, at last,
What fearful sacrifice had bled,
His agony began anew,
And he could not raise his head!
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
"O, raise thy voice, if thou art near!
Its weakest sound were bliss:
What other sound my heart can cheer
In such a gloom as this?
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
I might make you understand
That a Bishop's white, white hand,
Because of you, will be more fair,
Will be raised in better prayer.
"Puzzled Stiches" by Hazel Hall
She lov'd to raise her fragrant bower
Of wild and rustic taste,
And there she screen'd each fav'rite flower
From ev'ry ruder blast:
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
And slowly, slowly raise she up,
And slowly, slowly left him,
And sighing said she could not stay,
Since death of life had reft him.
"Barbara Allen" by Anonymous British
My Savior shall my life restore,
And raise me from my dark abode;
My flesh and soul shall part no more,
But dwell for ever near my God.
"Psalm 49" by Isaac Watts

In news:

To raise funds to provide drinking water for Kenyan orphans -- opens Saturday.
Fortunately for the Channel 10 Great TV Auction, the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl victory played right into their planning for the 43rd annual fund raising event, which runs April 29 through May 7.
The West Virginia start-up company that wants to build a $750 million ethane cracker will build a plant as soon as it raises the money, the company's chief executive officer said.
So why are CEO Ron Huberman and other top bureaucrats taking raises.
Miami Home Raises Its Asking Price 28% to $40 Million.
Editorials and letters ask if charter schools can raise student achievement.
Biomarker Diagnostics Firm Astute Raises $40.4M in Series C Fundraising.
Wilson raises beef cattle on Twin Knobs Farm, where he has about 500 cattle and raises hay and soybeans.
This year, the event raised $1.17 million to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Some Skagit Valley farmers who raise free-range turkeys say it's more expensive and not as easy as raising other poultry.
Workers raise a wall Tuesday afternoon during a "barn raising" for the Sterling community center near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Swanson River Road.
While a proposal to raise Bremerton City Council salaries by 67 percent is dead in the water, salary commission members still hope a 33.5 percent raise will float.
Engineers at Tactus Technology, a Californian company, are working on buttons that not only feel raised, but actually are raised.
Now that Hillary Clinton is set to be appointed Obama's secretary of State, she has a time limit on fund-raising — Cabinet members are barred from raising money for campaigns.
The class raised $40 and the school raised $146.25.

In science:

The undesirable raising of the lower curve is present in the Poisson case, as can be seen in Figure 1 of Ref. .
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
This definition raises a natural question, namely how one can construct such probability measures.
Determinantal random point fields
This raises the question whether the Dirac eigenvalues might be described by critical statistics.
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics
All indicies are raised and lowered with the background metric.
Generalized entropy and Noether charge
The successes of RMT has raised the question whether the statistical properties of spectra are universal.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles