raise (someone or something) from (some state)

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raise (someone or something) from (some state)

1. To rear or raise someone or an animal from a younger period of their or its life. Tom and Janet raised me from a baby after my parents died. I raised this wolf from a pup—she's totally loyal to me now.
2. To elevate someone or improve someone's life from a previously undesirable or difficult state or position. The government is hoping the initiative will help raise thousands of people from the years-long destitution that has been plaguing the region. The popularity of their latest product has raised the company from an unprofitable position for the first time in two years.
3. To elevate something from a previously lowly, undesirable, or difficult state or position. The writing and acting raises the film from an otherwise standard slapstick comedy to something much more insightful and profound.
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raise (someone or an animal) from something

Fig. to bring up someone or an animal from a young state. My grandmother raised me from a baby. We raised all these rabbits from babies.
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raise someone from something

to help someone up from a lowly state. They hoped for some windfall to raise them from their poverty. They raised me from the depressed state I was in.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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