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raise / rāz/ • v. [tr.] 1. lift or move to a higher position or level: she raised both arms above her head his flag was raised over the city. ∎  lift or move to a vertical position; set upright: Melody managed to raise him to his feet. ∎  construct or build (a structure): a fence was being raised around the property. ∎  cause to rise or form: the galloping horse raised a cloud of dust. ∎  bring to the surface (something that has sunk). ∎  cause (bread) to rise, esp. by the action of yeast: [as adj.] (raised) raised doughnuts. ∎  make a (nap) on cloth. 2. increase the amount, level, or strength of: the bank raised interest rates the aim was to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless. ∎  promote (someone) to a higher rank: the king raised him to the title of Count Torre Bella. ∎  [usu. as n.] (raising) Linguistics (in transformational grammar) move (an element) from a lower structure to a higher one. ∎  (raise something to) Math. multiply a quantity by itself to (a specified power): 3 raised to the 7th power is 2,187. ∎  (in poker or brag) bet (a specified amount) more than (another player): I'll raise you another hundred dollars. ∎  [tr.] Bridge make a higher bid in the same suit as that bid by (one's partner). ∎  [tr.] increase (a bid) in this way. 3. cause to be heard, considered, or discussed: the alarm was raised when he failed to return home doubts have been raised about the future of the reprocessing plant. ∎  cause to occur, appear, or be felt: recent sightings have raised hopes that otters are making a return. ∎  generate (an invoice or other document). 4. collect, levy, or bring together (money or resources): she was attempting to raise $20,000. 5. bring up (a child): he was born and raised in San Francisco. ∎  breed or grow (animals or plants): they raised pigs and kept a pony. 6. bring (someone) back from death: God raised Jesus from the dead. 7. abandon or force an enemy to abandon (a siege, blockade, or embargo). 8. drive (an animal) from its lair: the jack rabbit was only 250 yards from where he first raised it. ∎  cause (a ghost or spirit) to appear: fig. the piece raises the ghosts of a number of twentieth-century art ideas. ∎  (of someone at sea) come in sight of (land or another ship): they raised the low coast by evening. 9. Immunology stimulate production of (an antiserum, antibody, or other biologically active substance) against the appropriate target cell or substance. • n. 1. an increase in salary: he wants a raise and some perks. 2. (in poker or brag) an increase in a stake. ∎  Bridge a higher bid in the suit that one's partner has bid. 3. Weightlifting an act of lifting or raising a part of the body while holding a weight: bent-over raises. PHRASES: raise Cain see Cain. raise the devil inf. make a noisy disturbance. raise one's eyebrows see eyebrow. raise one's glass drink a toast: I raised my glass to Susan. raise one's hand strike or seem to be about to strike someone: she raised her hand to me. raise one's hat briefly remove one's hat as a gesture of courtesy or respect to someone. raise hell inf. make a noisy disturbance. ∎  complain vociferously: he raised hell with real estate developers and polluters. raise hob see hob2 . raise a laugh make people laugh. raise the roof make or cause someone else to make a great deal of noise, esp. through cheering: when I finally scored, the fans raised the roof. raise one's voice speak more loudly. ∎  begin to speak or sing. DERIVATIVES: rais·a·ble adj. rais·er n.

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raise it is easier to raise the Devil than to lay him proverbial saying, mid 17th century, sometimes used to mean that it is easier to start a process than to stop it.
raise the wind procure money for a purpose; the wind is considered here as motive power. In medieval times spirits or witches were commonly thought to be capable of causing winds to blow to help or hinder shipping; the figurative use of this phrase is much later (late 18th century).

See also raise Cain.

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raise set up or upright; build up, construct; remove to a higher position XII; levy; end (a siege) XIV; to make higher or greater XV. — ON. reisa + OE. rǣran REAR1.

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things collected; a heap of stones. See also cairn.

Example : such rising as are caused by the burial of the dead . . . are called raises, 1695.

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