Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old Norse
Origin: reisa


1 verb
Related topics: Cards, Agriculture
raise1 S2 W1 [transitive]

move higher

to move or lift something to a higher position, place, or level:
Can you raise the torch so I can see?
William raised his hat and smiled at her.
Raise your hand if you know the right answer.


to increase an amount, number, or level [≠ 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).

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


to improve the quality or standard of something:
Changing the law cannot raise standards.
The team need to raise their game.

start a subject

to begin to talk or write about a subject that you want to be considered or a question that you think should be answered [= 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.

cause a reaction

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.

move eyes or face

to move your eyes, head, or face so that you are looking up [≠ lower]:
Albert raised his eyes and stared at Ruth.
'No,' he said without raising his head.

move upright

also raise up to move or lift yourself into an upright position [≠ lower]
raise yourself
Adele raised herself from the pillows.
He raised himself up on one elbow to watch.


especially American English to look after your children and help them grow [= 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.

raise a smile

to smile when you are not feeling happy, or to make someone smile when they are not feeling happy:
I couldn't raise a smile.

animals or plants

TA 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.

collect people

to collect together a large group of people, especially soldiers:
The rebels quickly raised an army.

raise your eyebrows

to show surprise, doubt, disapproval etc by moving your eyebrows upwards:
Blanche raised her eyebrows in surprise.

raise eyebrows

if something raises eyebrows, it surprises people:
The band's new sound will raise some eyebrows.

raise your voice

to speak loudly or shout because you are angry:
He's never raised his voice to me.
I could hear raised voices in the next room.

raise your glass

spokenDFD to celebrate someone's happiness or success by holding up your glass and drinking from it:
Ladies and gentlemen, will you raise your glasses to the bride and groom.

raise the alarm

British English to warn people about a danger so that they can take action:
Sam stayed with his injured friend while a passing motorist raised the alarm.

raise the spectre of something

literary to make people feel afraid that something frightening might soon happen:
The violence has raised the spectre of civil war.

raise its (ugly) head

if a question or problem raises its head, it appears and has to be dealt with:
Another problem then raised its ugly head.

card game

DGC to make a higher bid than an opponent in a card game:
I'll raise you $100.

raise hell

informal to complain in a very angry way about something you think is not acceptable:
I'll raise hell with whoever is responsible for this mess.

raise hell/Cain

especially American English to behave in a wild, noisy way that upsets other people:
The kids next door were raising hell last night.

raise the roof

to make a very loud noise when singing, celebrating etc

speak to somebody

TCT to speak to someone on a piece of radio equipment [= contact, get]:
They finally managed to raise him at Miller's sheep farm.

wake somebody

literary to wake someone who is difficult to wake:
Try as he might he could not raise her.

dead person

old useRRC to make someone who has died live again:
Jesus raised Lazarus from the grave.

raise a siege/embargo

formal to allow goods to go in and out of a place again after they have been stopped by force or by a law


formalTBC to build something such as a monument [= erect]

raise 2/4/10 etc to the power of 2/3/4 etc

technicalHM to multiply a number by itself a particular number of times:
2 raised to the power of 3 is 8.

raise, rise
When raise is a verb, it must have an object. It is a fairly formal way to say 'lift something up' or 'move something up' Raise your right hand. He raised the box above his head. It is not formal when it means 'make something increase' We will have to raise our fees. When rise is a verb, it does not have an object. It is a fairly formal way to say 'move up' Smoke rose into the sky. It is also a formal way to say 'get up' or 'stand up', used mainly in literary writing He rose to greet me. It is not formal when it means 'increase' Prices are rising rapidly. In British English, raise is never a noun. Use rise He asked for a pay rise. There has been a rise in unemployment. In American English, a raise is an increase in pay She offered me a raise.

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