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 for To raise a blockade
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Raise \Raise\ (r[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raised (r[=a]zd);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Raising.] [OE. reisen, Icel. reisa,
     causative of r[imac]sa to rise. See Rise, and cf. Rear to
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     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: 
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        (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.
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                  This gentleman came to be raised to great
                  titles.                           --Clarendon.
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                  The plate pieces of eight were raised three
                  pence in the piece.               --Sir W.
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        (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
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        (c) To elevate in degree according to some scale; as, to
            raise the pitch of the voice; to raise the temperature
            of a room.
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     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: 
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        (a) To cause to spring up from a recumbent position, from
            a state of quiet, or the like; to awaken; to arouse.
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                  They shall not awake, nor be raised out of their
                  sleep.                            --Job xiv. 12.
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        (b) To rouse to action; to stir up; to incite to tumult,
            struggle, or war; to excite.
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                  He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind.
                                                    --Ps. cvii.
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                  Aeneas . . . employs his pains,
                  In parts remote, to raise the Tuscan swains.
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        (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.
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                  Why should it be thought a thing incredible with
                  you, that God should raise the dead ? --Acts
                                                    xxvi. 8.
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     3. 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: 
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        (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.
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                  I will raise forts against thee.  --Isa. xxix.
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        (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."
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        (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.
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     Note: 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.
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                 I was raised, as they say in Virginia, among the
                 mountains of the North.            --Paulding.
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        (d) To bring into being; to produce; to cause to arise,
            come forth, or appear; -- often with up.
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                  I will raise them up a prophet from among their
                  brethren, like unto thee.         --Deut. xviii.
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                  God vouchsafes to raise another world
                  From him [Noah], and all his anger to forget.
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        (e) To give rise to; to set agoing; to occasion; to start;
            to originate; as, to raise a smile or a blush.
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                  Thou shalt not raise a false report. --Ex.
                                                    xxiii. 1.
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        (f) To give vent or utterance to; to utter; to strike up.
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                  Soon as the prince appears, they raise a cry.
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        (g) To bring to notice; to submit for consideration; as,
            to raise a point of order; to raise an objection.
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     4. To cause to rise, as by the effect of leaven; to make
        light and spongy, as bread.
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              Miss Liddy can dance a jig, and raise paste.
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     5. (Naut.)
        (a) To cause (the land or any other object) to seem higher
            by drawing nearer to it; as, to raise Sandy Hook
        (b) To let go; as in the command, Raise tacks and sheets,
            i. e., Let go tacks and sheets.
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     6. (Law) To create or constitute; as, to raise a use, that
        is, to create it. --Burrill.
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     To raise a blockade (Mil.), 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, note, bill of exchange, etc., to
        increase fraudulently its nominal value by changing the
        writing, figures, or printing in which the sum payable is
     To raise a siege, to relinquish an attempt to take a place
        by besieging it, or to cause the attempt to be
     To raise steam, to produce steam of a required pressure.
     To raise the wind, to procure ready money by some temporary
        expedient. [Colloq.]
     To raise Cain, or To raise the devil, to cause a great
        disturbance; to make great trouble. [Slang]
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     Syn: To lift; exalt; elevate; erect; originate; cause;
          produce; grow; heighten; aggravate; excite.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blockade \Block*ade"\, n. [Cf. It. bloccata. See Block, v. t.
     1. The shutting up of a place by troops or ships, with the
        purpose of preventing ingress or egress, or the reception
        of supplies; as, the blockade of the ports of an enemy.
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     Note: Blockade is now usually applied to an investment with
           ships or vessels, while siege is used of an investment
           by land forces. To constitute a blockade, the investing
           power must be able to apply its force to every point of
           practicable access, so as to render it dangerous to
           attempt to enter; and there is no blockade of that port
           where its force can not be brought to bear. --Kent.
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     2. An obstruction to passage.
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     3. (physiology) interference with transmission of a
        physiological signal, or a physiological reaction.
     To raise a blockade. See under Raise.
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