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Raze vs. Raise – It’s the Same But Different

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On Jon and Leslie this morning, Jon used the word ‘raze’ in the context of ‘razing’ Roberts Stadium. Leslie and I thought he meant ‘raise’ as in ‘raising a barn’ which is the opposite of what is going to happen to the stadium. As usual, Jon was right… did I just say that? Raze and Raise sound exactly the same but mean opposite things! Check out the definitions from Websters below!

Raze

Definition: erase, to scrape, cut, or shave off, to destroy to the ground : demolish
Example: An entire city block razed by a terrible fire.
The developer razed the old school building and built a high-rise condominium complex.
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Raise

Definition: to set upright by lifting or building, to lift up
Example: The Amish are raising a barn today!

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