To Raise a Toast to Someone (Meaning and Use)

To raise a toast to someone means to wish someone well or show gratitude, respect to someone. It often takes place at family gatherings like weddings and funerals.


Let’s raise a toast to the bride and groom.

I offer my condolences to John’s family on his passing. Let’s raise a toast to John. To John (everybody together).

After somebody says “Let’s raise a toast”, people usually stand up and clink(touch lightly) their glasses together.

What do you say when raising a toast?

We often “raise a toast” after a speech. The speech is usually in a situation where we are showing respect to someone and we finish the speech with “Let’s raise a toast to_____”

Raising a toast origin?

The idea of raising a toast has ancient origins and probably comes from either the Greeks or the Romans.

Make a toast or raise a toast?

You can use any of the following after a speech:

Raise a toast

Propose a toast 

Make a toast 

A toast