Meaning of “raise” in the English Dictionary

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raiseverb [ T ]

uk /reɪz/ us /reɪz/

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.

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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).

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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.

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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 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.

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raisenoun [ C ]

uk /reɪz/ us /reɪz/ US UK rise

(Definition of “raise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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raiseverb [ T ]

us /reɪz/

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.


raisenoun [ C ]

us /reɪz/


an increase in the amount money you earn:

She asked her boss for a raise.

(Definition of “raise” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"raise" in Business English

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raiseverb [ T ]

uk /reɪz/ us

to increase the amount, level, or quality of something:

The Bank of England was expected to raise the cost of borrowing after higher than expected inflation figures.
raise salaries/prices/taxes There is increasing pressure on exporters to raise prices in foreign markets.
raise awareness/standards/quality The new government is pledging to raise standards in education.

FINANCE to manage to get money to invest in a business, project, property, etc.:

raise capital/funds/money We will raise funds for reconstruction by disposing of assets.
The share issue in the coffee company aims to raise €5m from investors eager to invest in ethical concerns.
raise a loan/mortgage

to mention something that you are worried or not sure about so that it can be examined and dealt with:

raise concerns/doubts/fears The company announced a package of reforms to address concerns raised by shareholders.

ACCOUNTING to prepare an invoice:

The exporter raises an invoice in the usual way on the overseas buyer.

COMMUNICATIONS to make or arrange a phone call, especially to discuss technical help, business, etc.:

If you have a technical fault, you can raise a call using the in-house system.

raisenoun [ C ]

uk /reɪz/ us US UK rise

HR an increase in salary or wages:

A 2% raise for each employee would add $28 million to the overall budget.

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The overall aim of the report is to raise awareness with regard to health and safety and to prevent unfair competition.
I should like to raise some of the salient points about which there will still be argument and upon which a number of the amendments have been based.
Other positive measures to raise the awareness of the public involve creating better access to information via conventional channels and electronically.
We must raise people's awareness of the dangers and risks involved in road use, as the precondition for their acceptance of measures.
Similarly, there is a need to speak about the pressures from the media giants, which invariably try to raise the stakes in any competition.
I would like to raise two points.
I too wish to raise exactly the same issue: as you know, the third round of talks between the two communities is about to start.
When the agreement comes into force we will be able to raise, and hopefully resolve, any major issue at the appropriate association council or committee.
I wanted to raise the following matter.
I would like to raise two issues.