Etymology: Middle English reisen, raisen, from Old Norse reisa — more at rear
Date: 13th century
1. to cause or help to rise to a standing position
a. awaken, arouse
b. to stir up ; incite <raise a rebellion> c. to flush (game) from cover d. to recall from or as if from death 3. a. to set upright by lifting or building <raise a monument> b. to lift up <raise your hand> <raise sunken treasure> c. to place higher in rank or dignity ; elevate d. heighten, invigorate <raise the spirits> e. to end or suspend the operation or validity of <raise a siege> 4. to get together for a purpose ; collect <raise funds> 5. a. grow, cultivate <raise cotton> b. to bring to maturity ; rear <raise a child> c. to breed and bring (an animal) to maturity 6. a. to give rise to ; provoke <raise a commotion> b. to give voice to <raise a cheer> 7. to bring up for consideration or debate <raise an issue> 8. a. to increase the strength, intensity, or pitch of <don't raise your voice> b. to increase the degree of c. to cause to rise in level or amount <raise the rent> d. (1) to increase the amount of (a poker bet) (2) to bet more than (a previous bettor) e. (1) to make a higher bridge bid in (a partner's suit) (2) to increase the bid of (one's partner) 9. to make light and porous <raise dough> 10. to cause to ascend <raise the dust> 11. to multiply (a quantity) by itself a specified number of times <raise two to the fourth power> 12. to bring in sight on the horizon by approaching <raise land> 13. a. to bring up the nap of (cloth) b. to cause (as a blister) to form on the skin 14. to increase the nominal value of fraudulently <raise a check> 15. to articulate (a sound) with the tongue in a higher position 16. to establish radio communication with intransitive verb 1. dialect rise 2. to increase a bet or bid Synonyms: see lift • raiser noun II. noun Date: 1538 1. an act of raising or lifting 2. a rising stretch of road ; an upward grade ; rise 3. an increase in amount: as a. an increase of a bet or bid b. an increase in wages or salary 4. a vertical or inclined opening or passageway connecting one mine working area with another at a higher level
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.