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raise to (some state)

1. To elevate or improve someone's or something's condition to a more desirable or pleasant state or position. A noun or pronoun is used between "raise" and "from." The government is hoping the initiative will help raise thousands of people to positions of financial independence. The popularity of their latest product has raised the company to profitability for the first time in two years.
2. To elevate something to a position or status of higher regard or value. A noun or pronoun is used between "raise" and "from." The writing and acting raises the otherwise standard slapstick comedy to something much more insightful and profound.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

raise someone or something to something

to elevate someone or something to something at a higher level. Dan raised Alice up to the window. I helped raise the ladder to the top of the roof.
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raise someone to something

to promote or advance someone to a higher rank. The boss raised her to vice president after one year. I hope she raises me to head clerk.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"We don't want to fall out with councillors, but when we raise something to them we want to feel it's being taken seriously, not just swept under the carpet.
"We are heartbroken and would like to raise something to help."