raise, rase, rays, raze, res

The words raise, rase, rays, raze, res sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do raise, rase, rays, raze, res sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: raise, rase, rays, raze, res are homophones of the English language.

raise
  1. :: idiom

    raise the stakes To increase one's commitment or involvement.

  2. :: idiom

    raise eyebrows To cause surprise or mild disapproval.

  3. :: idiom

    Cain To reprimand someone angrily.

  4. :: idiom

    Cain To behave in a rowdy or disruptive fashion.

rase
  1. :: verb

    Variant of raze.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To erase.

rays
  1. :: noun

    Any of various marine fishes of the order Rajiformes or Batoidei, having cartilaginous skeletons, horizontally flattened bodies, and narrow tails.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To cast rays on; irradiate.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To supply with rays or radiating lines.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To send out as rays; emit.

raze
  1. :: verb-transitive

    Archaic To erase.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To scrape or shave off.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To level to the ground; demolish. See Synonyms at ruin.

res
  1. :: noun

    A thing; the particular thing; a matter; a point.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").