raises, raising, raised
1) VERB If you raise something, you move it so that it is in a higher position.

[V n] He raised his hand to wave...

[V n] She went to the window and raised the blinds...

[V n prep/adv] Milton raised the glass to his lips.

[V-ed] ...a small raised platform.

2) VERB If you raise a flag, you display it by moving it up a pole or into a high place where it can be seen.

[V n] They had raised the white flag in surrender...

[V n] At midnight, the German flag will be raised over the Reichstag.

3) VERB If you raise yourself, you lift your body so that you are standing up straight, or so that you are no longer lying flat.

[V pron-refl] He raised himself into a sitting position...

[V pron-refl] She raised herself on one elbow.

4) VERB If you raise the rate or level of something, you increase it.

[V n] The Republic of Ireland is expected to raise interest rates...

[V n] Two incidents in recent days have raised the level of concern.

[V-ed] ...a raised body temperature.

5) VERB To raise the standard of something means to improve it.

[V n] ...a new drive to raise standards of literacy in Britain's schools.

6) VERB If you raise your voice, you speak more loudly, usually because you are angry.

[V n] Don't you raise your voice to me, Henry Rollins!...

[V n] Anne raised her voice in order to be heard.

7) N-COUNT A raise is an increase in your wages or salary. [AM]

Within two months Kelly got a raise.

(in BRIT, use rise)
8) VERB If you raise money for a charity or an institution, you ask people for money which you collect on its behalf.

[V n for n] ...events held to raise money for Help the Aged...

[V-ed] All funds raised will be used by Children With Leukaemia.

9) VERB If a person or company raises money that they need, they manage to get it, for example by selling their property or by borrowing.

[V n] They raised the money to buy the house and two hundred acres of grounds.

10) VERB If an event raises a particular emotion or question, it makes people feel the emotion or consider the question.

[V n] The agreement has raised hopes that the war may end soon...

[V n] The accident again raises questions about the safety of the plant.

[V n] ...a joke that raised a smile on everyone's lips.

11) VERB If you raise a subject, an objection, or a question, you mention it or bring it to someone's attention.

[V n] In the meeting Mrs. Ashrawi raised the three main concerns that the Palestinians had...

[V n] He had been consulted and had raised no objections.

12) VERB Someone who raises a child looks after it until it is grown up.

[V n] My mother was an amazing woman. She raised four of us kids virtually singlehandedly.

[V n] ...the house where she was raised.

13) VERB If someone raises a particular type of animal or crop, they breed that type of animal or grow that type of crop.

[V n] He raises 2,000 acres of wheat and hay.

[V-ed] ...a perfectly cooked farm-raised chicken.

14) to raise the alarmsee alarm
to raise your eyebrowssee eyebrow
to raise a fingersee finger
to raise hellsee hell
to raise a laughsee laugh
to raise the roofsee roof

English dictionary. 2008.

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