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raise

verb [T]  /reɪz/ us  

raise verb [T] (LIFT)

to cause something to be lifted up or become higher: He raised the window shades. Stephie raised her hand to ask the teacher a question.

raise verb [T] (BECOME BIGGER)

to cause something to become bigger or stronger; increase: I had to raise my voice to be heard over the noise in the classroom. There are no plans to raise taxes, the president said. I don’t want to raise your hopes too much, but I think the worst of the flooding is over.

raise verb [T] (DEVELOP)

to take care of children or young animals until completely grown: They raised a family and now want to enjoy their retirement.

raise verb [T] (BRING ABOUT)

to bring something to your attention; cause to be noticed: This raises a number of important issues. To raise money is to succeed in getting it: I want to start my own business if I can raise enough money.
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raise

noun [C]  /reɪz/ us  

raise noun [C] (SOMETHING BECOMING BIGGER)

an increase in the amount money you earn: She asked her boss for a raise.
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