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Rise / Raise / Increase / Heighten / Enhance

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    Hi, all. I am trying to figure out the difference between rise, raise, increase, heighten and enhance? I am still not getting it. Are these words all synonyms? Can anyone give some clear examples, when to use which word in a sentence. Thank you!
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,832 mod
    Some of these words can be interchangeable, but as ever it depends on context.

    I'll presume they are all verbs.

    We have covered raise vs rise here: http://www.learnenglish.de/mistakes/raisevsrise.html

    You can raise your hand to ask a question.
    The balloon rose into the air.

    (Raise is a regular verb / Rise is irregular.)

    Increase and rise are synonyms when talking about something becoming greater in size, amount, or degree.

    The cost of living has increased.
    The cost of living has risen.

    Heighten / Increase - make or become more intense.

    She had a heightened sense of danger.
    Her sense of danger had increased.

    Heighten / Raise - make something higher

    We need to raise the roof.
    We need to heighten the roof.

    It's worth looking at the definition of different words on Google. It will also show you any synonyms. Use the following "define: word".

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