English Grammar Basic Similar words

The difference between “raise”, “rise” and “raze”

The difference between“Raise“,“Rise“y“Raze“

“Raise“y“ride up“they are easy to confuse because they are both related to elevation.“Raise“y“raze“they are easy to confuse because they sound identical.

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“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“

“Ride up“y“ride up“they are common words and your readers will expect you to use the correct one.“Raze“is a less common word. It is misused because it seems like it should be related to lifting something. However, it means precisely the opposite.

Raise and Rise

El verbo“raise“it means to lift or elevate.“Ride up“it means moving up from a lower position to a higher position.

Remember that“raise“it’s not always about lifting; for example, you can raise a question and raise children.

Example sentences with“raise“y“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. ✔️
  • It would be too expensive to rise the remnants of the Titanic. ❌

The Big Difference between Raise and Rise

“Raise“is transitive (i.e., you raise something).“Rise“is intransitive (i.e., it ascends itself).
A verb that acts on something (called its direct object) is known as a transitive verb. This is important because“ride up“is a transitive verb, but“ride up“it is not.“Rise“is an intransitive verb (that is, it does not act on anything). This is the big difference between“ride up“y“ride up“.

  • It will rise your eyebrows. ❌
    (The verb“to rise“is intransitive. It cannot have a direct object (“eyebrows“). This example is wrong. It should say“raise.“Remember that“raise“takes a direct object, but“rise“doesn’t.)
  • My eyebrows rose. ✔️
    (Here,“rose“is not acting on anything.)
  • Watch the moon rise. ✔️

Rose or Rised?

El tiempo pasado de“rise“es“rose“. (There is no such word as“risen“).


“Raze“is a less common word. It means to completely demolish or suppress. (You can also write“sense“. This is not a UK convention. It’s just an alternate 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. ✔️


The lyrics“a“in raise can serve as a reminder that the verb“to rise“act on something (This means it has a direct object.)

  • I raised my eyebrows. ✔️
    (In this example, it is acting on“my eyebrows.“Therefore, the direct object is“my eyebrows.“)
  • She raised a question. ✔️
    (In this example, the direct object is“question.“)

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