raised, razed

The words raised, razed sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do raised, razed sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: raised, razed are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    Projecting from a flat background; in relief; embossed: a raised design.

  2. :: adjective

    Made light and high by yeast or other leaven.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of raze.

  2. :: adjective

    Slashed or striped in patterns.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 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").