› NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION used to describe materials that are in their natural state and have not yet been changed, prepared, or used to make something else: raw ingredients Cotton mills buy the raw cotton and turn it into finished cloth. Cheese and yogurt producers have to pay high prices for raw milk and other supplies.
› used to describe information that has been collected, but has not yet been studied in detail: We were given a large quantity of raw data. As yet we are only able to give you the raw figures before adjustments.
a raw deal › bad or unfair treatment: get/be given a raw deal We are getting a raw deal from federal tax and spending policies.