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 for raising
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 :

  Raising \Rais"ing\ (r[=a]z"[i^]ng), n.
     1. The act of lifting, setting up, elevating, exalting,
        producing, or restoring to life.
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     2. Specifically, the operation or work of setting up the
        frame of a building; as, to help at a raising. [U.S.]
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     3. The operation of embossing sheet metal, or of forming it
        into cup-shaped or hollow articles, by hammering,
        stamping, or spinning.
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     Raising bee, a bee for raising the frame of a building. See
        Bee, n., 2. [U.S.] --W. Irving.
     Raising hammer, a hammer with a rounded face, used in
        raising sheet metal.
     Raising plate (Carp.), the plate, or longitudinal timber,
        on which a roof is raised and rests.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  127 Moby Thesaurus words for "raising":
     addition, adjunct, aggrandizement, ampliation, amplification,
     apotheosis, apprenticeship, architecture, ascent, assembly,
     assumption, augmentation, barmy, basic training, beatification,
     breaking, breeding, broadening, building, canonization, casting,
     composition, conditioning, construction, conversion, crafting,
     craftsmanship, creation, crescendo, cultivation, deification,
     deployment, development, devising, diastatic, discipline,
     dispersion, drill, drilling, elaboration, elevation, enlargement,
     enshrinement, enzymic, erecting, erection, escalation, exaltation,
     exercise, expansion, extension, extraction, fabrication,
     fanning out, fashioning, fermenting, fetching-up, flare, formation,
     forming, formulation, fostering, framing, green thumb, grooming,
     growing, handicraft, handiwork, harvesting, heaving up, height,
     hiking, housebreaking, improvement, in-service training, increase,
     leavening, lifting, lofting, machining, magnification, making,
     manual training, manufacture, manufacturing, military training,
     milling, mining, molding, nurture, nurturing, on-the-job training,
     practice, prefabrication, preparation, processing, producing,
     readying, rearing, refining, rehearsal, shaping, sloyd, smelting,
     splay, spread, spreading, standing on end, sursum corda, training,
     upbringing, upbuoying, upcast, upheaval, uplift, uplifting, upping,
     upraising, uprearing, upthrow, upthrust, vocational education,
     vocational training, widening, working, workmanship, yeasty

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