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Raise appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Cis, umpires (I arm raise) rip music.
  • To lap up Indonesia, raise, nod, nip up a lot.
  • Leah, parrot codes I artily lit raise Doctor Raphael.
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Usage statistics for the verb raise:

spoken English31.91%written English68.09%
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Fun fact! "Raise" and "raze" are both homonyms and antonyms.

Raise is sometimes a misspelling of rise.

The word raise is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun raise

What does raise mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: raises

  1. the amount a salary is increased
  2. an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
  3. increasing the size of a bet (as in poker)
    • example: I'll see your raise and double it
    • domain: poker / poker game
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: gamble = a risky act or venture
    • more specific words: doubling / double = raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2
  4. the act of raising something
    • example: fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of raise: heave / lift
    • more generic words: actuation / propulsion = the act of propelling

Alternative definition of the noun raise


  1. [US] An increase in wages or salary; a rise [qualifier, UK].
  2. [weightlifting] A shoulder exercise in which the arms are elevated against resistance.
  3. [curling] A shot in which the delivered stone bumps another stone forward.
  4. [poker] A bet which increased the previous bet.

Specialised definition of the noun raise

Glossary of sports / curling

a type of draw that knocks another stone into the house or into a better position within the house (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb raise

What does raise mean as a doing word?

Raise is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: raised | raising | raises

  1. raise the level or amount of something
    • examples: raise my salary | raise the price of bread
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: increase = make bigger or more
    • more specific term: bump up = increase or raise
  2. raise from a lower to a higher position
  3. cause to be heard or known; express or utter
  4. collect funds for a specific purpose
    • examples: The President raised several million dollars for his college | They raise the money
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic terms: collect / take in = call for and obtain payment of
    • more specific terms: fund raise / fund-raise / fundraise = raise money for a cause or project
  5. cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
  6. look after a child until it is an adult
    • example: raise a family
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of raise: bring up / nurture / parent / rear
    • more specific words:
      • fledge = feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
      • cradle = bring up from infancy
      • foster = bring up under fosterage
    • cause: grow up
  7. summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
  8. move upwards
  9. construct, build, or erect
  10. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  11. create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise
    • examples: raise hell | raise the roof | raise Cain
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
  12. raise in rank or condition
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of raise: elevate / lift
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific words:
      • dignify = raise the status of
      • exalt = raise in rank, character, or status
  13. increase
  14. give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
  15. cause to puff up with a leaven
  16. bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
    • domain: bridge
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: bid / call = make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
  17. bet more than the previous player
  18. cause to assemble or enlist in the military
  19. put forward for consideration or discussion
  20. pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth
  21. activate or stir up
  22. establish radio communications with
  23. multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3
    • domain: arithmetic
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: multiply = combine by multiplication
  24. bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project
    • example: raised edges
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: bring out / set off = direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
  25. invigorate or heighten
  26. put an end to
    • example: raise a siege
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of raise: lift
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
  27. cause to become alive again

Alternative definition of the verb raise


  1. To cause to rise.
  2. To collect.
  3. To bring up; to grow.
  4. [poker] To respond to an initial bet by increasing the amount required to continue in the hand.
  5. [legal] To create; to constitute (a use, or a beneficial interest in property).
  6. [arithmetic] To exponentiate, to involute.
  7. [linguistics, transitive, of a verb] To extract (a subject or other verb argument) out of an inner clause.

Specialised definition of the verb raise

Glossary of sports / curling

to make a shot that moves a stone into better scoring position. Also, the shot itself


Raise is a fell in the English Lake District. It stands on the main spine of the Helvellyn range in the Eastern Fells, between Thirlmere and Ullswater.


  1. "Raise" a.k.a. "Raise!" is the eleventh studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, produced by the band's leader Maurice White for Kalimba Productions, and released in 1981 on CBS Records. Raise! has been certified platinum in the US by the RIAA for sales of over a million copies and gold in the UK and Canada by the British Phonographic Industry and Music Canada respectively.
  2. "Raise" is a musical single of Yui Ogura.
    • released on
  3. "Raise" is the first studio album by the British alternative rock band, Swervedriver. The album only contained six new songs; "Son of Mustang Ford", "Rave Down" and "Sandblasted" had all appeared on earlier EPs and singles released by the band between 1990 to 1991.
  4. "Raise" is a musical album of Karelia.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  5. "Raise" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  6. "Raise" is a musical single of Hyper Go Go.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  7. "Raise" is a composition.


  1. RAISE was developed as part of the European ESPRIT II LaCoS project in the 1990s, led by Dines Bjørner. It consists of a set of tools based around a specification language for software development. It is especially espoused by UNU-IIST in Macau, who run training courses on site and around the world, especially in developing countries.
  2. Raise: In underground mining a raise refers to a vertical or inclined excavation that leads from one level, or drift, to another. A raise may also extend to surface.

Phrases with Raise

Phrases starting with the word Raise:

  1. raise up
  2. Raise Cain
  3. raise hell
  4. Raise borer
  5. Raise a Hand
  6. raise a stink
  7. Raise the Bar
  8. Raise Eyebrows
  9. raise the roof
  10. Raise the Devil
  11. Raise One's Hand
  12. Raise the Stakes

Phrases ending with the word Raise:

  1. Draw Raise
  2. fund raise
  3. fund-raise
  4. Check-raise
  5. Value Raise
  6. Lateral Raise

Other phrases containing the word Raise:

  1. to raise up
  2. To Raise Cain

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Raise

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Google previewTake Command of Your Writing (1998)

by Jill Meryl Levy

raise, rise The verbs raise and rise are often confused because they are so similar. However, raise is a transitive verb; it requires a direct object to complete its ...

Google previewThe Nanny Book (2013)

The Smart Parent's Guide to Hiring, Firing, and Every Sticky Situation in Between by Susan Carlton, Coco Myers

The raise is an unspoken part of the package, implicit in the deal. It's expected, but the when, why, and how much is not always self-evident. Although as employers we give a lot of thought to a caregiver's starting salary and put the number ...

Google previewLessons from Nature (1992)

Learning to Live Sustainably on the Earth by Daniel D. Chiras

The third problem critics like to raise is that the availability of solar energy varies from one location to another. Maine, it is assumed, receives far less sunlight than Arizona. Interestingly, the differences are not as great as some would have you ...

Google previewHow to Create the Life You Really Want (2011)

by Ade Asefeso MCIPS MBA

When you consider the expense of finding and training another individual, giving you a raise is a bargain for your boss. Play "Let's Make A Deal." Be prepared to deal. Don't expect to get everything you want. If you are willing to gracefully make ...

Google previewEmergency Medicine, An Issue of Ultrasound Clinics, (2014)

by Mike Blaivas

Passive straight leg raise is a simple, noninvasive, and reversible maneuver that redistributes blood from the lower extremities back to the central circulation.48,49 In a study by Thiel and colleagues, a broad group of patients in a medical ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Scientific Units (2012)

Including dimensionless numbers and scales by H. G. Jerrard

The British thermal unit is the energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water through one degree Fahrenheit. As this depends upon the temperature of the water it is usual to include some indication of ...

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Usage statistics about raise

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb raise:

spoken English31.91%written English68.09% conversational speech9.52%task-oriented speech90.48% imaginative writing47.9%informational writing52.1%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun raise:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb raise:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb raise and its most common antonyms:

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Sign language

PINK - Raise your Glass - American Sign Language

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Quotes about Raise

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes. (Walter Schirra, Sr.)
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Scrabble value of R1A1I1S1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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