raising, rasing, razing

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

The answer is simple: raising, rasing, razing are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Present participle of raise.

  2. :: noun


  3. :: noun

    Nurturing; cultivation; providing sustenance and protection for a living thing from conception to maturity

  4. :: noun


  1. :: verb

    Present participle of ease.

  1. :: verb-transitive

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

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To scrape or shave off.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    Archaic To erase.

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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").