From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishraiseraise1 /reɪz/ ●●● S1 W1 verb [transitive] 1 move higherLIFT to move or lift something to a higher position, place, or level Can you raise the lamp so I can see? William raised his hat and smiled at her. Raise your hand if you know the right answer.► see thesaurus at liftRegisterIn everyday British English, people usually say lift something up rather than raise something: Can you lift up the lamp a bit?British English speakers usually say put up your hand rather than raise your hand:Put your hand up if you know the right answer.2 increaseINCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNT to increase an amount, number, or level opp lower Many shops have raised their prices. The university is working to raise the number of students from state schools. a campaign to raise awareness of meningitis Dr Hayward intends to raise the museum’s profile (=make it more well-known).► see thesaurus at increaseRegisterIn everyday British English, people usually say put up an amount, a price etc rather than raise it: They’ve put the price of fuel up again.3 collect money to collect money that you can use to do a particular job or help people The Trust hopes to raise $1 million to buy land. They are raising funds to help needy youngsters. a concert to raise money for charity → fundraising4 improveIMPROVE to improve the quality or standard of something Changing the law cannot raise standards. The team need to raise their game.5 start a subjectMENTION to begin to talk or write about a subject that you want to be considered or a question that you think should be answered syn bring up He did not raise the subject again. I’d like to raise the issue of publicity. Betty raised the important question of who will be in charge.► see thesaurus at mention6 cause a reactionINCREASE IN ACTIVITY, FEELINGS ETC to cause a particular emotion or reaction This attack raises fears of increased violence against foreigners. The way the research was carried out raises doubts about the results. 7 move eyes or face to move your eyes, head, or face so that you are looking up opp lower Albert raised his eyes and stared at Ruth. ‘No, ’ he said without raising his head.8 move upright (also raise up) to move or lift yourself into an upright position opp lowerraise yourself Adele raised herself from the pillows. He raised himself up on one elbow to watch.9 children especially American EnglishLOOK AFTER somebody to look after your children and help them grow syn bring up British English Stan’s dad died, leaving his mother to raise three sons alone. It was time for Dean to settle down and raise a family. Anne married a Jew, despite being raised a Catholic. The new generation was the first to be raised on processed food. Camus was born and raised in Algeria.10 animals or plantsTA to look after animals or grow plants so that they can be sold or used as food He raised cattle in Nebraska when he was young. Jim retired to raise raspberries.11 collect people to collect together a large group of people, especially soldiers The rebels quickly raised an army. 12 → raise a smile13 → raise your eyebrows14 → raise eyebrows15 → raise your voice16 → raise your glass17 → raise the alarm18 → raise the spectre of something19 → raise its (ugly) head20 → raise the bar21 card gameDGC to make a higher bid than an opponent in a card game I’ll raise you $100.22 → raise hell23 → raise hell/Cain24 → raise the roof25 speak to somebodyTCT to speak to someone on a piece of radio equipment syn contact, get They finally managed to raise him at Miller’s sheep farm.26 wake somebody literaryWAKE UP/GET UP to wake someone who is difficult to wake Try as he might he could not raise her.27 dead person biblicalRRCAL to make someone who has died live again Jesus raised Lazarus from the grave.28 → raise a siege/embargo29 build formalTBC to build something such as a monument syn erect30 → raise 2/4/10 etc to the power of 2/3/4 etc→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusraise• Our objective is to raise $200 for the school band.• Roy's car raised a cloud of dust as he drove off.• Last year we raised a good crop of onions.• She felt so sad, she couldn't even raise a smile.• "Oh really?" Zack said, raising an eyebrow.• A number of important issues were raised at the conference.• In the early 1900s buyers of firms guessed they could raise cash flows through economies of scale and by limiting competition.• Each of them, however, raises certain basic requirements of a conceptual and empirical kind.• It's the first school in Scotland to become self-governing, and has raised deep concerns in the local community.• Efforts are being made to raise employee morale.• Over the last three years, tiger numbers have fallen from 44 to 15, raising fears for their viability.• Lori raised her arms over her head.• She raised her eyes from the newspaper when he came in.• Mum raised her hand to hit me and then stopped.• "Cheers, everyone!" said Larry, raising his glass.• He never raised his voice or appeared anything more than exasperated.• His sister raises horses in Colorado.• Instead, the school is raising its standards and integrating real-world experiences for its students simultaneously.• Second, to raise money for the 1996 campaign early.• Meanwhile, low borrowing rates are enticing some junk-rated companies to raise money in the high-yield market.• I raised my head and looked suspiciously around me.• If you raise that metal bar, it turns off the ice maker.• The Maryland Gazette raised the figure to 30,000.• He's raising the rent because he's fixed up the apartment.• All the major airlines have raised their fares.• I'll see your $5 and raise you $10.• If you want to ask a question, please raise your hand first.• If you have any questions, please raise your hand.Raise ... hand• As she raised a trembling hand to brush them away she heard him swearing softly under his breath.• Carefully, slowly, I raised my hand to my hair.• He raised a hand to touch his face, not believing what he saw.• Perhaps I simply raise my hand.• She raised her own hand to the hand resting at her neck and squeezed the fingers gently, leaving it there.• Slowly he raised one hand and gently cupped her face.• Then he plunged in, and when he saw he was correct, punched the air with a raised left hand.• Then they raised their hands in the air and gave three cheers.raise awareness• How are we to raise awareness?• Have events been organised to raise awareness among all staff of the recruitment problem ahead?• The principal aim is to raise awareness among workers and employers of hazards in the workplace.• She was active raising awareness and money for serious diseases.• Schools have adopted several tactics to raise awareness of bias.• The commission also ordered a media campaign to raise awareness of the peace pact.• The doctor is pleased the actor is raising awareness of tinnitus.• Standing To raise awareness, understanding and esteem of the profession and to promote a positive image.raising funds• Inspired by a similar event held by the New York Public Library, this is a new way of raising funds.• But perhaps the greatest challenge will be raising funds abroad to rebuild a war-torn country.• Optimistic and somewhat naive, I set about the task of raising funds and organizing operations.• The group was established to benefit the village area by raising funds for improvements.• In fact, the group was heavily involved in designing the course and raising funds for it.• The committee is kept busy raising funds for such an enthusiastic club.• In addition to the afternoon's official programme, there were several extra events, all raising funds to improve facilities at the centre.• But the mood of the legislature had changed since his success at raising funds two years earlier.raised ... question• But the episode has raised serious questions.• In Phoenix the programs marked a new era and thus raised several questions.• Burns' efforts have raised questions about a possible conflict of interest.• The appeals judges also raised questions about flaws in Jackson's ruling.• The proposed deaccessioning, however, has raised some new questions among elected officials.• However in the circumstances which I will relate, the appeals have also raised two questions of much wider importance.• Philanthropic work, like workhouse visiting, inevitably raised the question of women's representation on public bodies at the local level.raises doubts• But the Chavez affair raises doubts about how thoroughly the time-strapped Bush people check their nominees for high office.• This raises doubts about some of the signposts the Fed used to rely on.• So instead of providing reassurance, it raises doubts in customers' minds.• Nevertheless, Thomas's ruling raises doubts in the mind of Rep.• If this scrutiny raises doubts in your mind, move on and find a better subject.raise yourself• The fundamental reason is that too many of these kids are growing up in chaotic circumstances and are left to raise themselves.• Some students found that if they had done extra credit, they could have raised themselves a letter grade.• I had to raise myself and look through the meshed window.• Grainne raised herself cautiously on one elbow, trying not to wake Raynor, and looked towards the door.• She tried to raise herself from the settee but gentle hands restrained her.• She raised herself in the bed, and lay on an elbow, looking down at me.• He raised himself on one elbow and gingerly felt around his feet.• She then raises herself up, takes it and places it against a sofa.raise ... family• He had dreams of raising a family.• Jeanie the Half Woman, born without lower limbs, walks on her hands, cooks and even raised a family.• They may be school leavers, graduates, people made redundant or returning to the job market after raising a family.• Members who are temporarily retired to raise families are also entitled to this concession.• He had entertained thoughts of marrying her and raising a family, but he entered the Society instead.• Perhaps Reuben and Miriam were secretly not happy with the prospect of raising a family in Cork.• At times, he was saddened by never having married and raised a family of his own.