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Topic: NATURE

Language: Old English
Origin: hreaw

raw

1 adjective
     
raw1 W3
1

food

DF not cooked:
raw meat
grated raw carrots
Cabbage can be eaten raw.
2

substances

TIM raw substances are in a natural state and not treated or prepared for use [↪ refined]:
raw silk
In its raw state, cocoa is very bitter.
Raw sewage had been dumped in the river.
The cost of our raw materials has risen significantly.
3

information

TC raw information is collected but not organized, examined, or developed:
software to convert raw data into usable information
His time here provided the raw material for his novel.
Warhol used everyday items as the raw ingredients of his art.
4

emotions

raw feelings are strong and natural, but not fully controlled:
raw passion
Linda didn't want to see Roy while her emotions were still raw.
It took raw courage to admit she was wrong.
5

body

MI if a part of your body is raw, the skin there is red and painful:
The skin on my feet was rubbed raw.
6

inexperienced

SETPM not experienced or not fully trained:
Most of our soldiers are raw recruits.
7

touch/hit a raw nerve

to upset someone by something you say:
Seeing his face, Joanne realized she'd touched a raw nerve.
8

raw deal

unfair treatment:
Customers are getting a raw deal and are rightly angry.
9

weather

DN very cold:
She shivered in the raw morning air.
10

art

music, art, language etc that is raw is simple, direct, and powerful, but not fully developed:
Her voice has a raw poetic beauty.
His early sketches are raw and unpretentious.
11

raw talent

someone with raw talent is naturally good at something, but has not developed their ability yet:
He has the raw talent to become a star.
12

raw edge

the edge of a piece of material before it has been sewn:
Turn over the raw edges and stitch.
rawness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: cook WORD FOCUS: cook
fry (in oil)
boil
(in hot water)
bake
(bread and cakes in an oven)
roast
(meat or vegetables in an oven)
microwave
(using a microwave oven)
grill
/broil American English (using a grill)
steam
, toast, simmer, poach, barbecue, stir-fry, saute, chargrill

raw (not cooked)
rare
(used about meat that has been cooked for a short time)
well-done
(used about meat that has been cooked for a long time)
cook

See also
cook
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