Raise, Rise, and Raze
Raise, Rise, and RazeShould I write "raise," "rise," or "raze"?
- "Raise" means to elevate (something upwards).
- I will raise the flag. (Note that you raise something. In this case, it is "the flag.")
- "Rise" means to ascend.
- The Sun will rise. (With "rise," the thing (here, "the Sun") ascends itself.)
- "Raze" means to destroy.
- I will raze your puny empire to the ground! ("To raze something to the ground" is a common phrase. It sounds odd for many because "raze" sounds like "raise," which means "to elevate.")
More about "Raise," "Rise," and "Raze"The words "raise," "rise," and "raze" sound similar, and they are often confused (particularly "raise" and "rise" as their meanings are similar).
Raise and RiseThe verb "to raise" means to lift or elevate. "To rise" means to ascend from a lower position to a higher position. The past tense of "rise" is "rose." (There is no such word as "rised.")
|He is raising the red ball.
With "raise," there is usually something lifting something else.
The blue ball is rising.
With "rise," the object ascends itself.
Remember that "raise" is not always about lifting; for example, you can raise a question and raise children.
Example sentences with "raise" and "rise":
- The stagehands need to raise the platform so it is high enough for the whole audience to see the bands.
- Wearing a sheer skirt will rise a few eyebrows. (This should be "raise.")
- The sheer skirt made his eyebrows rise.
- Running the marathon will help to raise funds.
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- It would be too expensive to rise the remnants of the Titanic. (This should be "to raise the remnants of Titanic.")
Raze"Raze" is a less common word. It means to demolish completely or to delete. (It can also be written "rase." This is not a UK convention. It is simply an alternative spelling.)
- The arsonist razed the forest to the ground.
- The plough will raze the ice from the road surface.
- Councils are being forced to raze homes.