Basic+ Word of the Day: raise

raise (verb, noun) past tense: raised LISTEN

Raise your hand if you know the answer.

If you raise something, it means that you move it higher.

  • Raise your hand if you know the answer.

It can also mean that something becomes higher or bigger because of you.

  • He raised all the prices in his shop.

If you raise a child, it means that you care for them and teach them, often because you are their parent.

  • She raised five children.

A raise is something that you get from your boss. It means that they will pay you more.

  • My boss is giving me a raise.

Don't confuse it with

If something rises, it goes up without any help, but if you raise something, it goes up because you moved it. For example: The sun rises in the morning. She raised her head.

In pop culture

Do you know the song “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk? It’s about celebrating people who are different. If you raise your glass, it means that you hold your drink up because you want to celebrate something. In the video, you can see P!nk raising her arm like she’s holding a drink.

There are other meanings of raise.

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