- raw1 W3 [ro: US ro:] adj▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(food)¦2¦(substances)¦3¦(information)¦4¦(emotions)¦5¦(body)¦6¦(inexperienced)¦7 touch/hit a raw nerve8 raw deal9¦(weather)¦10¦(art)¦11 raw talent12 raw edge▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: hreaw]1.) ¦(FOOD)¦not cooked▪ raw meat▪ grated raw carrots▪ Cabbage can be eaten raw.2.) ¦(SUBSTANCES)¦raw substances are in a natural state and not treated or prepared for use→↑refined▪ raw silk▪ In its raw state, cocoa is very bitter.▪ Raw sewage had been dumped in the river.▪ The cost of our raw materials has risen significantly.3.) ¦(INFORMATION)¦raw information is collected but not organized, examined, or developed▪ software to convert raw data into usable information▪ His time here provided the raw material for his novel.▪ Warhol used everyday items as the raw ingredients of his art.4.) ¦(EMOTIONS)¦raw feelings are strong and natural, but not fully controlled▪ raw passion▪ Linda didn't want to see Roy while her emotions were still raw.▪ It took raw courage to admit she was wrong.5.) ¦(BODY)¦if a part of your body is raw, the skin there is red and painful▪ The skin on my feet was rubbed raw.6.) ¦(INEXPERIENCED)¦not experienced or not fully trained▪ Most of our soldiers are raw recruits.7.) touch/hit a raw nerveto upset someone by something you say▪ Seeing his face, Joanne realized she'd touched a raw nerve.8.) raw dealunfair treatment▪ Customers are getting a raw deal and are rightly angry.9.) ¦(WEATHER)¦very cold▪ She shivered in the raw morning air.10.)¦(ART)¦music, art, language etc that is raw is simple, direct, and powerful, but not fully developed▪ Her voice has a raw poetic beauty.▪ His early sketches are raw and unpretentious.11.) raw talentsomeone with raw talent is naturally good at something, but has not developed their ability yet▪ He has the raw talent to become a star.12.) raw edgethe edge of a piece of material before it has been sewn▪ Turn over the raw edges and stitch.>rawness n [U]raw 2raw2 n1.) in the rawa) seen in a way that does not hide cruelty and violence▪ He went on the streets to experience life in the raw .▪ It was my first exposure to India in the raw.b) informal not wearing any clothes= ↑in the nude▪ sunbathing in the raw2.) catch/touch sb on the rawBrE to say or do something that upsets someone▪ She flinched, caught on the raw by his question.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.