[syn: breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing]
1. increasing in quantity or value;
- Example: "a cost-raising increase in the basic wage rate"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Raise \Raise\ (r[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raised (r[=a]zd);
p. pr. & vb. n. Raising.] [OE. reisen, Icel. reisa,
causative of r[imac]sa to rise. See Rise, and cf. Rear to
1. To cause to rise; to bring from a lower to a higher place;
to lift upward; to elevate; to heave; as, to raise a stone
or weight. Hence, figuratively:
(a) To bring to a higher condition or situation; to
elevate in rank, dignity, and the like; to increase
the value or estimation of; to promote; to exalt; to
advance; to enhance; as, to raise from a low estate;
to raise to office; to raise the price, and the like.
This gentleman came to be raised to great
The plate pieces of eight were raised three
pence in the piece. --Sir W.
(b) To increase the strength, vigor, or vehemence of; to
excite; to intensify; to invigorate; to heighten; as,
to raise the pulse; to raise the voice; to raise the
spirits or the courage; to raise the heat of a
(c) To elevate in degree according to some scale; as, to
raise the pitch of the voice; to raise the temperature
of a room.
2. To cause to rise up, or assume an erect position or
posture; to set up; to make upright; as, to raise a mast
or flagstaff. Hence:
(a) To cause to spring up from a recumbent position, from
a state of quiet, or the like; to awaken; to arouse.
They shall not awake, nor be raised out of their
sleep. --Job xiv. 12.
(b) To rouse to action; to stir up; to incite to tumult,
struggle, or war; to excite.
He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind.
Aeneas . . . employs his pains,
In parts remote, to raise the Tuscan swains.
(c) To bring up from the lower world; to call up, as a
spirit from the world of spirits; to recall from
death; to give life to.
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with
you, that God should raise the dead ? --Acts
3. To cause to arise, grow up, or come into being or to
appear; to give rise to; to originate, produce, cause,
effect, or the like. Hence, specifically:
(a) To form by the accumulation of materials or
constituent parts; to build up; to erect; as, to raise
a lofty structure, a wall, a heap of stones.
I will raise forts against thee. --Isa. xxix.
(b) To bring together; to collect; to levy; to get
together or obtain for use or service; as, to raise
money, troops, and the like. "To raise up a rent."
(c) To cause to grow; to procure to be produced, bred, or
propagated; to grow; as, to raise corn, barley, hops,
etc.; toraise cattle. "He raised sheep." "He raised
wheat where none grew before." --Johnson's Dict.
Note: In some parts of the United States, notably in the
Southern States, raise is also commonly applied to the
rearing or bringing up of children.
I was raised, as they say in Virginia, among the
mountains of the North. --Paulding.
(d) To bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise,
come forth, or appear; -- often with up.
I will raise them up a prophet from among their
brethren, like unto thee. --Deut. xviii.
God vouchsafes to raise another world
From him [Noah], and all his anger to forget.
(e) To give rise to; to set agoing; to occasion; to start;
to originate; as, to raise a smile or a blush.
Thou shalt not raise a false report. --Ex.
(f) To give vent or utterance to; to utter; to strike up.
Soon as the prince appears, they raise a cry.
(g) To bring to notice; to submit for consideration; as,
to raise a point of order; to raise an objection.
4. To cause to rise, as by the effect of leaven; to make
light and spongy, as bread.
Miss Liddy can dance a jig, and raise paste.
(a) To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher
by drawing nearer to it; as, to raise Sandy Hook
(b) To let go; as in the command, Raise tacks and sheets,
i. e., Let go tacks and sheets.
6. (Law) To create or constitute; as, to raise a use, that
is, to create it. --Burrill.
To raise a blockade (Mil.), to remove or break up a
blockade, either by withdrawing the ships or forces
employed in enforcing it, or by driving them away or
To raise a check, note, bill of exchange, etc., to
increase fraudulently its nominal value by changing the
writing, figures, or printing in which the sum payable is
To raise a siege, to relinquish an attempt to take a place
by besieging it, or to cause the attempt to be
To raise steam, to produce steam of a required pressure.
To raise the wind, to procure ready money by some temporary
To raise Cain, or To raise the devil, to cause a great
disturbance; to make great trouble. [Slang]
Syn: To lift; exalt; elevate; erect; originate; cause;
produce; grow; heighten; aggravate; excite.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Raising \Rais"ing\ (r[=a]z"[i^]ng), n.
1. The act of lifting, setting up, elevating, exalting,
producing, or restoring to life.
2. Specifically, the operation or work of setting up the
frame of a building; as, to help at a raising. [U.S.]
3. The operation of embossing sheet metal, or of forming it
into cup-shaped or hollow articles, by hammering,
stamping, or spinning.
Raising bee, a bee for raising the frame of a building. See
Bee, n., 2. [U.S.] --W. Irving.
Raising hammer, a hammer with a rounded face, used in
raising sheet metal.
Raising plate (Carp.), the plate, or longitudinal timber,
on which a roof is raised and rests.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: increasing in quantity or value; "a cost-raising increase
in the basic wage rate"
n 1: the event of something being raised upward; "an elevation
of the temperature in the afternoon"; "a raising of the
land resulting from volcanic activity" [syn: elevation,
2: the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were
treated as a child [syn: raising, rearing, nurture]
3: helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the
community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more
important" [syn: breeding, bringing up, fostering,
fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
127 Moby Thesaurus words for "raising":
addition, adjunct, aggrandizement, ampliation, amplification,
apotheosis, apprenticeship, architecture, ascent, assembly,
assumption, augmentation, barmy, basic training, beatification,
breaking, breeding, broadening, building, canonization, casting,
composition, conditioning, construction, conversion, crafting,
craftsmanship, creation, crescendo, cultivation, deification,
deployment, development, devising, diastatic, discipline,
dispersion, drill, drilling, elaboration, elevation, enlargement,
enshrinement, enzymic, erecting, erection, escalation, exaltation,
exercise, expansion, extension, extraction, fabrication,
fanning out, fashioning, fermenting, fetching-up, flare, formation,
forming, formulation, fostering, framing, green thumb, grooming,
growing, handicraft, handiwork, harvesting, heaving up, height,
hiking, housebreaking, improvement, in-service training, increase,
leavening, lifting, lofting, machining, magnification, making,
manual training, manufacture, manufacturing, military training,
milling, mining, molding, nurture, nurturing, on-the-job training,
practice, prefabrication, preparation, processing, producing,
readying, rearing, refining, rehearsal, shaping, sloyd, smelting,
splay, spread, spreading, standing on end, sursum corda, training,
upbringing, upbuoying, upcast, upheaval, uplift, uplifting, upping,
upraising, uprearing, upthrow, upthrust, vocational education,
vocational training, widening, working, workmanship, yeasty