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[rey-zing] /ˈreɪ zɪŋ/
noun, Linguistics
a rule of transformational grammar that shifts the subject or object of an embedded clause into the subject or object position of the main clause, as in the derivation of The suspect appears to be innocent from It appears that the suspect is innocent.
Origin of raising
raise + -ing1
Related forms
self-raising, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-raising
Historical Examples
  • Mix one pound of self-raising flour with four ounces of chopped suet, preferably vegetable, and a pinch of salt.

    Paper-bag Cookery Vera Serkoff
  • Make a nice, but not too rich, crust from vegetable lard and self-raising flour.

    Paper-bag Cookery Vera Serkoff
  • Guthrie was rising in the middle of it like a lump of self-raising dough.

  • "Don't talk like a package of self-raising buckwheat flour," said Del Delano.

    Rolling Stones O. Henry
  • A good crust is made from self-raising flour, butter, and an egg.

    Paper-bag Cookery Vera Serkoff
  • As I remember the story, they first fed the horse with self-raising flour, and then gave him a pail of water to drink.

    The Land of the Kangaroo Thomas Wallace Knox
  • Make a nice suet crust with finely chopped or shredded suet, self-raising flour, and water.

    Paper-bag Cookery Vera Serkoff
  • Then sift in gradually one breakfastcupful of self-raising flour and mix thoroughly.

    Paper-bag Cookery Vera Serkoff
  • He had been inoculated with the yeast of it, and from that point onward would be self-raising.

    Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • The next time, Thad said, they would carry the self-raising kind of flour along, when they would be sure of having light bread.

British Dictionary definitions for self-raising


(of flour) having a raising agent, such as baking powder, already added


(transformational grammar) a rule that moves a constituent from an embedded clause into the main clause See also subject-raising, negative-raising
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Word Origin and History for self-raising



mid-14c., "an act of elevating," verbal noun from raise (v.). Specifically in American English, "the erecting of a building," by 1650s.

RAISING. In New England and the Northern States, the operation or work of setting up the frame of a building. [Webster, 1830]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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