raise Definition

  • 1to lift or move something to a higher position
  • 2to increase the amount, level, or strength of something
  • 3to collect money or resources for a particular purpose

Using raise: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "raise" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He raised his hand to ask a question.

  • Example

    The company decided to raise their prices.

  • Example

    They are raising funds for the charity.

raise Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using raise

  • raise Cain

    to cause a lot of trouble or chaos


    The kids were raising Cain in the backyard, making a mess and screaming.

  • raise the stakes

    to increase the level of risk or reward in a situation


    By investing more money, they were able to raise the stakes and potentially earn a larger profit.

  • raise the dead

    to bring back to life or revive something that is no longer active or relevant


    The new CEO was able to raise the dead company and turn it into a thriving business once again.

Phrases with raise

  • to set a higher standard or expectation


    Her success has raised the bar for future athletes in the sport.

  • raise eyebrows

    to cause surprise or disapproval


    His behavior at the party raised eyebrows among the other guests.

  • to make a lot of noise and have a good time


    The party really raised the roof last night!

Origins of raise

from Old Norse 'reisa', meaning 'to raise'


Summary: raise in Brief

The verb 'raise' [reɪz] means to lift or move something higher, increase the amount or level of something, or collect money or resources for a particular purpose. It can be used in phrases like 'raise the bar,' meaning to set a higher standard, and idioms like 'raise Cain,' meaning to cause trouble or chaos. 'Raise' also has formal synonyms like 'increase' and informal synonyms like 'jack up.'

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