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raise

verb [T] uk   /reɪz/ us  

raise verb [T] (LIFT)

B1 to lift something to a higher position: Would all those in favour please raise their hands? He raised the window and leaned out. Mary Quant was the first fashion designer to raise hemlines.

raise verb [T] (INCREASE)

B1 to cause something to increase or become bigger, better, higher, etc.: The government plan to raise taxes. I had to raise my voice (= speak more loudly) to make myself heard over the noise. The inspector said that standards at the school had to be raised. Our little chat has raised my spirits (= made me feel happier).

raise verb [T] (EXIST)

B2 to cause to exist: Her answers raised doubts/fears/suspicions in my mind. This discussion has raised many important issues/problems. The announcement raised a cheer/laugh. I want to raise (= talk about) two problems/questions with you. I want to start my own business if I can raise (= obtain) the money/cash/capital/funds.formal The chapel was raised (= built) as a memorial to her son.

raise verb [T] (DEVELOP)

B2 to take care of a person, or an animal or plant, until they are completely grown: Her parents died when she was a baby and she was raised by her grandparents. The lambs had to be raised by hand (= fed artificial milk by people) when their mother died. The farmer raises (= breeds) chickens and pigs. The soil around here isn't good enough for raising (= growing) crops.

raise verb [T] (CARD GAMES)

If you raise another player in a game of cards, you risk more money than that player has risked: I'll raise you. [+ two objects] I'll raise you $50.

raise verb [T] (STOP)

formal to end or stop: They agreed to raise the trade embargo if three conditions were met. After three weeks the siege was raised.

raise verb [T] (COMMUNICATE)

to communicate with someone, especially by phone or radio: I've been trying to raise Jack/Tokyo all day.

raise

noun [C] uk   /reɪz/ us  
US for rise (= increase in pay): She asked the boss for a raise.
(Definition of raise from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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