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1. Literally, to lift or cause someone or something to lift up to a higher position. A noun or pronoun can be used between "raise" and "up." I raised up my daughter so that she could see the parade over the crowd of people. Could you raise the poster up a little higher, please?
2. To elevate or improve someone's or something's condition, position, or status. A noun or pronoun can be used between "raise" and "up." The government is hoping the initiative will help raise up thousands of people out of poverty. The popularity of their latest product has raised the company up to a position of profitability for the first time in two years. She raised herself out of bankruptcy and now runs one of the most successful companies in Chicago.
3. To elevate something to a position or status of higher regard or value. A noun or pronoun can be used between "raise" and "up." The exceptional writing and acting raises an otherwise standard slapstick comedy up to something much more insightful and profound. The exhibition is aimed at raising up contemporary art in the eyes of the Average Jane and Joe.
raise someone or something up
to lift someone or something up. The aides raised the patient up while the nurse spread clean linen beneath him. Jane raised up the lid.
to lift oneself up; to get up or begin to get up. She raised up and then fell back onto her bed. She was too weak to get up. I could not raise up enough to see out the window.