Antonyms for raise

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : reyz
Phonetic Transcription : reɪz

Definition of raise

Origin :
  • c.1200, "cause a rising of; lift upright, set upright; build, construct," from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse reisa "to raise," from Proto-Germanic *raizjan (cf. Gothic ur-raisjan, Old English ræran "to rear;" see rear (v.)), causative of root *ris- "to rise" (see rise (v.)). At first sharing many senses with native rear (v.).
  • Meaning "make higher" is from c.1300 in the physical sense, as is that of "restore to life." Of the voice, from late 14c. Meaning "increase the amount of" is from c.1500; from 1530s of prices, etc. Meaning "to bring up" (a question, etc.) is from 1640s. Card-playing sense is from 1821. Meaning "promote the growth of" (plants, etc.) is from 1660s; sense of "foster, rear, bring up" (of children) is from 1744. Meaning "to elevate" (the consciousness) is from 1970. Related: Raised; raising.
  • Pickering (1816) has a long passage on the use of raise and grow in reference to crops. He writes that in the U.S. raise is used of persons, in the sense "brought up," but it is "never thus used in the Northern States. Bartlett [1848] adds that it "is applied in the Southern States to the breeding of negroes. It is sometimes heard at the North among the illiterate; as 'I was raised in Connecticut,' meaning brought up there."
  • noun increase in salary or position
  • verb lift; build from the ground
  • verb increase, augment
  • verb start up, motivate; introduce
  • verb nurture, care for
Example sentences :
  • You know what you hold, and if 'tain't a hand to lay down, it must be a hand to raise on.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • Just because it would be so difficult to raise the hundred pounds she urged it.
  • Extract from : « Life and Death of Harriett Frean » by May Sinclair
  • They pass up the church-aisle, and raise their eyes to the ceiling.
  • Extract from : « The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse") » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Raise two more mantlets by the poop-lanthorn," said Sir Nigel quietly.
  • Extract from : « The White Company » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Mechanically, you raise your hand to lift away your optimistic spectacles.
  • Extract from : « De Libris: Prose and Verse » by Austin Dobson
  • He must send me a good sum at once; as much as he can raise.
  • Extract from : « The Bacillus of Beauty » by Harriet Stark
  • He helped to raise Andrew from the ground, and to carry him into his bedroom, and to lay him on the bed.
  • Extract from : « Rico and Wiseli » by Johanna Spyri
  • When he discovered his mistake, he did not dare to raise his eyes.
  • Extract from : « Rico and Wiseli » by Johanna Spyri
  • I can feel his eyes on me, and I cannot raise my voice in protest, for do not I countenance it?
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
  • Then the girl—she had to raise on her tiptoes—kissed the sad man on the cheek.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser

Synonyms for raise

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