Hypertext Webster Gateway: "raising"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Raise \Raise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raised}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Raising}.] [OE. reisen, Icel. reisa, causative of r[=i]sa to
rise. See {Rise}, and cf. {Rear} to raise.]
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
titles. --Clarendon.

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 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.
--Ps. cvii.

[AE]neas . . . employs his pains, In parts
remote, to raise the Tuscan swains. --Dryden.
(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
xxvi. 8.

3. To cause to arise, grow up, or come into being or to
appear; to give 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. xxxix.
(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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Raising \Rais"ing\, 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.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : increasing in quantity or value; "a cost-raising increase in
the basic wage rate"
n 1: the event of something being raised upward [syn: {elevation},
2: the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were
treated as a child [syn: {rearing}, {nurture}]
3: raising someone to be an accepted member of the community;
"they debated whether nature or nurture was more
important" [syn: {breeding}, {bringing up}, {fostering}, {fosterage},
{nurture}, {rearing}, {upbringing}]

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