Commonly confused - raise vs raze - Thinking in English

Raise vs Raze

These two terms are often confused by English learners. Do you know the difference?

Raise

To raise means to lift something to a higher position or to build something upright

“If you have a question please raise your hands!”

“The government plans to raise taxes!”

Raze

To raze something is to tear it down or destroy it to the ground

“The town was razed to the ground during the war”

“Builders had to raze an old building to construct new houses”


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Host and founder of Thinking in English, Tom is committed to providing quality and interesting content to all English learners. Previously a research student at a top Japanese university and with a background in English teaching, political research, and Asian languages, Tom is now working fulltime on bettering Thinking in English!

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