Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To cause to rise; to bring from a lower to a higher place; to lift upward; to elevate; to heave;Hence, figuratively: –
raisea stone or weight
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;
raisefrom a low estate; to
raiseto office; to
raisethe price, and the like
This gentleman came to be
raisedto great titles.
The plate pieces of eight were
raisedthree pence in the piece.
Sir W. Temple.
To increase the strength, vigor, or vehemence of; to excite; to intensify; to invigorate; to heighten;
raisethe pulse; to
raisethe voice; to
raisethe spirits or the courage; to
raisethe heat of a furnace
To elevate in degree according to some scale;
raisethe pitch of the voice; to
raisethe temperature of a room
To cause to rise up, or assume an erect position or posture; to set up; to make upright;Hence: –
raisea mast or flagstaff
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
raisedout of their sleep.
Job xiv. 12.
To rouse to action; to stir up; to incite to tumult, struggle, or war; to excite.
He commandeth, and
raiseththe stormy wind.
Ps. cvii. 25.
Aeneas . . . employs his pains,
In parts remote, to
In parts remote, to
raisethe Tuscan swains.
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
raisethe dead ?
Acts xxvi. 8.
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: –
To form by the accumulation of materials or constituent parts; to build up; to erect;
raisea lofty structure, a wall, a heap of stones
raiseforts against thee.
Isa. xxix. 3.
To bring together; to collect; to levy; to get together or obtain for use or service;“To raise up a rent.”
raisemoney, troops, and the like
To cause to grow; to procure to be produced, bred, or propagated; to grow;“He raised sheep.” “He raised wheat where none grew before.”
raisecorn, barley, hops, etc.; to
☞ 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.
raised, as they say in Virginia, among the mountains of the North.
To bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise, come forth, or appear; – often with up.
raisethem up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee.
Deut. xviii. 18.
God vouchsafes to
From him [Noah], and all his anger to forget.
From him [Noah], and all his anger to forget.
To give rise to; to set agoing; to occasion; to start; to originate;
raisea smile or a blush
Thou shalt not
raisea false report.
Ex. xxiii. 1.
To give vent or utterance to; to utter; to strike up.
Soon as the prince appears, they
To bring to notice; to submit for consideration;
raisea point of order; to
To cause to rise, as by the effect of leaven; to make light and spongy, as bread.
Miss Liddy can dance a jig, and
To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher by drawing nearer to it;
raiseSandy Hook light
To let go;
as in the command,.
Raisetacks and sheets, i. e., Let go tacks and sheets
To create or constitute;
raisea use, that is, to create it
To raise a blockade
to remove or break up a blockade, either by withdrawing the ships or forces employed in enforcing it, or by driving them away or dispersing them.–
To raise a check,
bill of exchange
etc., to increase fraudulently its nominal value by changing the writing, figures, or printing in which the sum payable is specified.–
To raise a siege,
to relinquish an attempt to take a place by besieging it, or to cause the attempt to be relinquished.–
To raise steam,
to produce steam of a required pressure.–
To raise the wind,
to procure ready money by some temporary expedient.
To raise Cain, or
To raise the devil
to cause a great disturbance; to make great trouble.
Syn. – To lift; exalt; elevate; erect; originate; cause; produce; grow; heighten; aggravate; excite.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To lift; to take up; to heave; to lift from a low or reclining posture; as, to raise a stone or weight; to raise the body in bed.
The angel smote Peter on the side and raised him up.
2.To set upright; as, to raise a mast.
3.To set up; to erect; to set on its foundations and put together; as, to raise the frame of a house.
4.To build; as, to raise a city, a fort, a wall, &c.
I will raise forts against thee. Is. 29. amos 9.
They shall raise up the former desolations. Is. 61.
6.To form to some height by accumulation; as, to raise a heap of stones. Josh. 8.
7.To make; to produce; to amass; as, to raise a great estate out of small profits.
8.To enlarge; to amplify.
9.To exalt; to elevate in condition; as, to raise one from a low estate.
10.To exalt; to advance; to promote in rank or honor; as, to raise one to an office of distinction.
This gentleman came to be raised to great titles.
11.To enhance; to increase; as, to raise the value of coin; to raise the price of goods.
12.To increase in current value.
the plate pieces of eight were raised three pence in the piece.
13.To excite; to put in motion or action; as, to raise a tempest or tumult.
He commandeth and raiseth the stormy wind. Ps. 107.
14.To excite to sedition, insurrection, war or tumult; to stir up. Act. 14.
AEneas then employs his pains in parts remote to raise the Tuscan swains.
15.To rouse; to awake; to stir up.
They shall not awake, not be raised out of their sleep. Job. 14.
16.To increase in strength; to excite from languor or weakness. The pulse is raised by stimulants, sometimes by venesection.
17.To give beginning of importance to; to elevate into reputation; as, to raise a family.
18.To bring into being.
God vouchsafes to raise another word for him.
19.To bring from a state of death to life.
He was delivered for our offenses, and raised again for our justification. Rom. 4. 1Cor. 15.
20.To call into view from the state of separate spirits; as, to raise a spirit by spells and incantations.
21.To invent and propagate; to originate; to occasion; as, to raise a report or story.
22.To set up; to excite; to begin by loud utterance; as, to raise a shout or cry.
23.To utter loudly; to begin to sound or clamor. He raised his voice against the measures of administration.
24.To utter with more strength or elevation; to swell. Let the speaker raise his voice.
25.To collect; to obtain; to bring into a sum or fund. Government raises money by taxes, excise and imposts. Private persons and companies raise money for their enterprises.
26.To levy; to collect; to bring into service; as, to raise troops; to raise an army.
27.To give rise to.
28.To cause to grow; to procure to be produced, bred or propagated; as, to raise wheat, barley, hops, &c.; to raise horses, oxen or sheep.
[The English now use grow in regard to crops; as, to grow wheat. This verb intransitive has never been used in New England in a transitive sense, until recently some persons have adopted it from the English books. We always use raise, but in New England it is never applied to the breeding of the human race, as it is in the southern states.]
29.To cause to swell, heave and become light; as, to raise dough or paste by yeast or leaven.
Miss Liddy can dance a jig and raise paste.
30.To excite; to animate with fresh vigor; as, to raise the spirits or courage.
31.To ordain; to appoint; or to call to and prepare; to furnish with gifts and qualification suited to a purpose; a Scriptural sense.
I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren. Deut. 18.
For this cause have I raised thee up, to show in thee my power. Ex. 9. Judg. 2.
32.To keep in remembrance. Ruth 4.
33.To cause to exist by propagation. Matt. 22.
34.To incite; to prompt. Ezra 1.
35.To increase in intensity or strength; as, to raise the heat of a furnace.
36.In seamen's language, to elevate, as an object by a gradual approach to it; to bring to be seen at a greater angle; opposed to laying; as, to raise the land; to raise a point.
To raise a purchase, in seamen's language, is to dispose instruments or machines in such a manner as to exert any mechanical force required.
To raise a siege, is to remove a besieging army and relinquish an attempt to take the place by that mode of attack, or to cause the attempt to be relinquished.