Meaning of “raw” in the English Dictionary

"raw" in British English

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rawadjective

uk /rɔː/ us /rɑː/

raw adjective (NOT COOKED)

B1 (of food) not cooked:

raw fish

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raw adjective (NOT PROCESSED)

B2 (of materials) in a natural state, without having been through any chemical or industrial process:

Oil is an important raw material that can be processed into many different products, including plastics.
They claimed that raw sewage was being pumped into the sea.

Raw information has been collected but has not yet been studied in detail:

used to refer to a person who is not trained or is without experience:

I would prefer not to leave this job to John while he's still a raw recruit/beginner.

Feelings or qualities that are raw are natural and difficult to control:

We were struck by the raw energy/power of the dancers' performances.
Her emotions are still a bit raw after her painful divorce.

A piece of writing that is raw is one that does not try to hide anything about its subject:

His new play is a raw drama about family life.

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raw adjective (PAINFUL)

sore or painful because of being rubbed or damaged:

The shoe had rubbed a raw place on her heel.
rawness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈrɔː.nəs/ us /ˈrɑː.nəs/

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

"raw" in American English

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rawadjective

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raw adjective (NOT COOKED)

raw adjective (NOT PROCESSED)

[ not gradable ] not processed or treated; in its natural condition:

raw milk
raw silk
Raw sewage ran in ditches along the streets of the village.

[ not gradable ] If people or their qualities are raw, they have not been developed or trained:

Even when she first started skating, you could see the determination and the raw talent.
Alex was just a raw recruit when he was handed this job.

raw adjective (SORE)

sore because the skin has been rubbed or damaged

raw adjective (COLD)

[ not gradable ] (of weather) cold and wet:

It was a raw, wintry day with a cold wind.

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

"raw" in Business English

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rawadjective

uk /rɔː/ us

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:

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.

(Definition of “raw” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)