The word "lowering", as in the context of lowering something, therefore making it lower in some measurable way, is pretty common.

It is so common that I often start sentences about doing the opposite, and get to the specific word, and it's completely blank. I have no idea what word could mean "making something higher according to some scale that is probably obvious in context".

What word would be good for this situation? I'm pretty sure "highering" is not valid.

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Raising is used in the physical sense of lifting an item, but it's also used figuratively in the same way as lowering. For example a recipe might instruct you to raise the temperature.


also, increase can be used. but check the antonyms to find the best one: http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/lower

  • I think increase only works for making amounts higher, but wouldn't work for certain cases like putting an object higher spatially, like a plane flying higher
    – Kaito Kid
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 16:50
  • yes, it depends on the context, and how exactly you want to use the word.
    – idaeae
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 13:23
  • increasing is the opposite of decreasing though?
    – BCLC
    Commented Oct 30, 2022 at 7:48

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