WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: raise, rise When raiseis 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 raiseis an increase in pay• She offered me a raise. ➔ See alsoraise
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.