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  1. (verb-transitive) To move to a higher position; elevate: raised the loads with a crane. See Synonyms at lift.
  2. (verb-transitive) To set in an upright or erect position: raise a flagpole.
  3. (verb-transitive) To erect or build: raise a new building.
  4. (verb-transitive) To cause to arise, appear, or exist: The slap raised a welt.
  5. (verb-transitive) To increase in size, quantity, or worth: raise an employee's salary.
  6. (verb-transitive) To increase in intensity, degree, strength, or pitch: raised his voice.
  7. (verb-transitive) To improve in rank or dignity; promote: raised her to management level.
  8. (verb-transitive) To grow, especially in quantity; cultivate: raise corn and soybeans.
  9. (verb-transitive) To breed and care for to maturity: raise cattle.
  10. (verb-transitive) To bring up; rear: raise children.
  11. (verb-transitive) To accustom to something from an early age: "Such amenities are ... meant to make churchgoing attractive to a post-World War II generation raised on shopping malls and multiplex cinemas” ( Gustav Niebuhr).
  12. (verb-transitive) To put forward for consideration: raised an important question. See Synonyms at broach1.
  13. (verb-transitive) To voice; utter: raise a shout.
  14. (verb-transitive) To awaken; arouse: noise that would raise the dead.
  15. (verb-transitive) To stir up; instigate: raise a revolt.
  16. (verb-transitive) To bring about; provoke: remarks intended to raise a laugh.
  17. (verb-transitive) To make contact with by radio: couldn't raise the control tower after midnight.
  18. (verb-transitive) To gather together; collect: raise money from the neighbors for a charity.
  19. (verb-transitive) To cause (dough) to puff up.
  20. (verb-transitive) To end (a siege) by withdrawing troops or forcing the enemy troops to withdraw.
  21. (verb-transitive) To remove or withdraw (an order).
  22. (verb-transitive) Games To increase (a poker bet).
  23. (verb-transitive) Games To bet more than (a preceding bettor in poker).
  24. (verb-transitive) Games To increase the bid of (one's bridge partner).
  25. (verb-transitive) Nautical To bring into sight by approaching nearer: raised the Cape.
  26. (verb-transitive) To alter and increase fraudulently the written value of (a check, for example).
  27. (verb-transitive) To cough up (phlegm).
  28. (verb-transitive) Scots To make angry; enrage.
  29. (verb-intransitive) Games To increase a poker bet or a bridge bid.
  30. (noun) The act of raising or increasing.
  31. (noun) An increase in salary.
  32. (idiom) Cain To behave in a rowdy or disruptive fashion.
  33. (idiom) Cain To reprimand someone angrily.
  34. (idiom) raise eyebrows To cause surprise or mild disapproval.
  35. (idiom) raise the stakes To increase one's commitment or involvement.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. For, first, she desires if she can -- and she has often been able -- actually to raise these, first to sanctity and then to her own altars; it is for her and her only to raise the poor from the dunghill and to set them with the princes. - Paradoxes of Catholicism
  2. A few hands later, I got KT suited on the button and I called a raise from the shorty I had targeted who had opened from middle position, and the small blind also called directly behind me. - Hammer Player's Poker Blog
  3. Randy Leonard's acceptance of the raise is a deliberate middle finger to his critics. - Recession? What recession? (Jack Bog's Blog)
  4. A great time to ask for a raise is after your boss has praised you for something. - USATODAY.com - How to get your first raise
  5. Avoiding a default would almost certainly involve swallowing a proposed short term raise of the debt ceiling, coupled with spending cuts, followed by a more comprehensive budget and tax reform package to set the nation's fiscal house in order. - Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion


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