Use the word "raw" when food is not cooked:
- It's not safe to eat raw meat. You should cook it first.
- Gabriel tells me beef is sometimes served raw in his home country.
- Raw fish is found in sushi.
- I like to eat herring raw.
- Raw vegetables, such as broccoli or carrots, taste good with some sort of a dip.
You can also use the word "raw" when something is new, freshly exposed, or a natural element:
- Raw materials needed for building a house are hard to find in the desert.
- Harold's hands are still raw and blistered from working in his garden all day.
- The raw and unfinished appearance of her artwork drew both criticism and praise.
- A large group of raw military recruits had a tough first week of basic training.
- Kim hit a raw nerve when she mentioned John's divorce. (a raw nerve = an emotionally difficult memory or experience)
There are a few expressions that use the word "raw."
- Cindy and Brad got a raw deal when they purchased their house. (a raw deal = a bad situation)
- Paparazzi secretly took photos of the celebrities as the lay on the beach in the raw. (in the raw = naked)
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Originally published on April 8, 2013. Updated on April 20, 2017.