synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of ra in English

English Online Dictionary. What means ra‎? What does ra mean?


  1. Alternative spelling of rah (exclamation of encouragement)
  • ar-, A.R., -ar, ar., Ar., ar, A&R, A/R, AR, ar', A & R, A. & R.

Inflection of bie.


  1. it fell (off)
  2. it tumbled, flopped
  3. it struck, punched
  4. it rained (combined with shi (rain))
  5. it snowed (combined with borë (snow))
  • rashë
  • bie


  1. (Mpakwithi) stomach


  1. (transitive, Mpakwithi) to wash
  2. (transitive, Mpakwithi) to rub
  • Terry Crowley, The Mpakwithi dialect of Anguthimri (1981), page 188


  1. throw
  2. spill
  • Claire Bowern, Harold James Koch, Australian Languages: Classification and the Comparative Method (2004), page 537

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  • IPA(key): /ə̆ɾaḁ/


  1. bone

Originally an allophone of obsolete da (idem). Compare the daw~raw distinction in Tagalog.

  • IPA(key): /ˈɾa/ [ˈɾ̪a]

ra (Badlit spelling )

  1. (after the first word of a sentence) only, just, nothing else
    Synonyms: lamang, lang
    Kani ra ang putiThis is the only white one.
  2. (after an adjective indicating a greater nature) too, so, but not too much
    Synonym: kaayo
    Dako ra ang sapatos para nako.The shoes are quite big for me.
  3. (with a verb, after a pronoun) expresses an action done by someone alone; to do by oneself
    Siya ray naglaba sa tanang labhonon.He did all the laundry by himself.
  4. (after a verb in the prospective aspect) indicates that the action is certain to happen
    Moanhi ra 'na.He'll come. (So don't worry)
  5. (after an imperative verb) used to soften a command
    Ambi ra gud ang remote.Let me have the remote.

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  1. they
  2. they are

From Latin rēx, rēgem.

ra m

  1. king
  • ree (obsolete, dialectal)

From Middle Dutch ra, from Proto-Germanic *rahō. Cognate with German Rah, Old Norse .

  • IPA(key): /raː/
  • Hyphenation: ra
  • Rhymes: -aː
  • Homophone: Rha

ra f (plural ra's, diminutive raatje n)

  1. (nautical) spar (horizontal beam or pole of a ship's mastwork)
  • razeil


  1. Manuel de Codage transliteration of rꜥ.
  • arrá, arrán, ran, raa

From Old Galician-Portuguese rãa (13th century, Cantigas de Santa Maria), from Latin rana.

  • IPA(key): /ˈraː/

ra f (plural ras)

  1. frog
  • Camporrairo
  • Portorrairo
  • Rairos
  • relo
  • Vilarrairo
  • Ernesto González Seoane, María Álvarez de la Granja, Ana Isabel Boullón Agrelo (20062022) “rãa”, in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval (in Galician), Santiago de Compostela: ILG
  • Xavier Varela Barreiro, Xavier Gómez Guinovart (20062018) “rãa”, in Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval (in Galician), Santiago de Compostela: ILG
  • “ra” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006–2013.
  • “ra” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • “ra” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

From French rare.

  • IPA(key): /ɣa/


  1. rare, uncommon
  • Targète, Jean and Urciolo, Raphael G. Haitian Creole-English dictionary (1993; →ISBN)


  1. The hiragana syllable (ra) or the katakana syllable (ra) in Hepburn romanization.

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *daʀaq.


  1. blood

From Arabic رَأَى (raʔā). An oft-cited archaism in Maltese as the verb has been displaced in most contemporary dialects (some preserved it though like the dialect of Sfax/Tunisia). The peculiar use of the imperative is similar to Maghrebi forms like راني (rāni) etc., which ultimately developed into pronouns.

  • IPA(key): /raː/
  • Homophones: ragħa (except archaically), raha (except nonstandard)
  • Rhymes: -aː

ra (imperfect jara, past participle muri)

  1. to see
  2. (imperative) look!, behold!; often construed with a pronominal suffix referring to the subject of the following context


  1. Alternative form of raw


  1. Alternative form of ro (roe deer)

Cognate with Woleaian ra (branch)


  1. branch

Compare Farefare da (to buy)

  • IPA(key): /rà/

ra (progressive raada)

  1. to buy

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  1. clear plain
  • 2011, Bindon, P. and Chadwick, R. (compilers and editors), A Nyoongar Wordlist: from the south-west of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum (Welshpool, WA), 2nd ed.
  • rāha, rāaearly

A contraction of earlier rāha, from Proto-West Germanic *raihō, *raih, from Proto-Germanic *raihô, *raihą. The 5th-century runic form ᚱᚨᛇᚺᚨᚾ (raïhan) is possibly an ancestor of this word, but may be North Germanic instead.

  • IPA(key): /rɑː/

 m (nominative plural rān)

  1. roe deer, roebuck
  • Middle English: ro, roo (northern ra, raa)
    • English: roe
    • Scots: ra, rae
  • Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller (1898) “rá”, in An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary[1], 2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Probably from the pronunciation of a syllable consisting only of the letter.

ra m

  1. the Pali letter 'r'
  • rakāra


  1. (colloquial) Glaswegian form of the
  • Associated with broad Glaswegian dialect.


  1. Romanization of 𒊏 (ra)

Influenced by Baybayin character (da).

  • (Standard Tagalog) IPA(key): /ɾa/ [ɾɐ]
  • Rhymes: -a
  • Syllabification: ra

ra (Baybayin spelling )

  1. the name of the Latin-script letter R/r, in the Abakada alphabet
    Synonyms: (in the Filipino alphabet) ar, (in the Abecedario) ere
  • “ra”, in Pambansang Diksiyonaryo | Diksiyonaryo.ph, Manila, 2018
  • ar

Cognate with Persian راه (rah).


  1. road

From Middle Vietnamese 𦋦 (ra), from Proto-Vietic *-saː, cognate with Tho [Cuối Chăm] saː¹ and Muong tha.

Attested in Phật thuyết đại báo phụ mẫu ân trọng kinh (佛說大報父母恩重經) as 亇些, phonetic 個些 (MC kaH sjae) (modern SV: ta).

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [zaː˧˧]
  • (Huế) IPA(key): [ʐaː˧˧]
  • (Saigon) IPA(key): [ɹaː˧˧]
  • Homophones: da, gia (North Vietnam)

ra • (𫥧, 𦋦, 𬎷, 𠚢, 𪞷, 𫥨, 𬙛)

  1. to go out, to leave
  2. (by extension) to go northwards in Vietnam
    vào nam, ra bắcto go southwards and northwards
  3. to be released, to be published, to be out, to come out
  4. to become, to turn into
  • Sometimes the verb đi (to go) is used for emphasis when appended to ra, forming đi ra to mean "go even further out". However, this usage may vary from dialect to dialect.
  • Ra is used after an adjective to indicate a positive development of a character or state of a person or thing.
Cô ấy dạo này trẻ ra.She is getting younger these days.
  • vào
  • Đàng Ngoài

From French drap.

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [ɹaː˧˧]
  • (Huế) IPA(key): [ɹaː˧˧]
  • (Saigon) IPA(key): [ɹaː˧˧]
  • Phonetic spelling: Ra

(classifier tấm) ra • (𬙛)

  1. bed sheet

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  1. the (definite article)

The article follows the noun it modifies.

  • John E. Koontz, Winnebago, in The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia, page 317

Cognate with Mokilese ra (branch)


  1. branch

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  1. (auxiliary) will; forms the future tense
  • ria
  • IPA(key): /ɾā/


  1. (Ekiti, Western Akoko) our, ours, us
  • Not used by the Akure subdialect of Ekiti, which uses ria.

Proposed to derive from Proto-Yoruboid *là, cognate with Igala , Olukumi la

  • IPA(key): /ɾà/

  1. (transitive, ditransitive) to buy
  • rákòrò
  • IPA(key): /ɾá/

  1. to crawl
  • IPA(key): /ɾà/

  1. to rot, to decay
    Synonym: jẹrà
  • IPA(key): /ɾā/


  1. (Ekiti) not (placed before a verb to negate it, often used after personal pronouns)
    Wẹ́ raYou will not die!
  • IPA(key): /ɾa/


  1. and (used for people)
    adoum ra hawa ra - Adam and Eve
  2. and (after words ending in a vowel)
    Sabit da Arbaha ra - Saturday and Wednesday

Zaghawa conjunctions come after all words they group. Thus, Adam and Eve is 'adoum ra hawa ra', not *adoum ra hawa, as the literal English translation would be.


  • Beria-English English-Beria Dictionary [provisional] ADESK, Iriba, Kobe Department, Chad
  • (Standard Zhuang) IPA(key): /ɣa˨˦/
  • Tone numbers: ra1
  • Hyphenation: ra

From Proto-Tai *p.taːᴬ (eye). See da for more.

ra (1957–1982 spelling ra)

  1. (Wuming dialect) eye
    Synonym: da

From Proto-Tai *kraᴬ (to seek).

ra (Sawndip forms 𫽋 or 𥅂 or ⿱彐拉 or or or ⿱找下 or or or ⿰目找, 1957–1982 spelling ra)

  1. to look for; to find; to search

ra (1957–1982 spelling ra)

  1. to earn (money); to make (money)

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