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raw

adjective (NOT PROCESSED)    /rɔː/ US  /rɑː/
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.Industry and industrial processesNatural and artificial describes information that has been collected but has not yet been studied in detail: raw data/evidence/figuresInformation and messages describes 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.Inexperienced (of people)Naive and trustingEmployment status and types of work 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.Uncontrolled 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.Honesty, openness and sincerity
(Definition of raw adjective (NOT PROCESSED) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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