raze

verb \ ˈrāz \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of raze

razed; razing
transitive verb
1 a archaic : erase
b : to scrape, cut, or shave off
2 : to destroy to the ground : demolish
  • raze an old building

razer

noun

Examples of raze in a Sentence

  1. an entire city block razed by a terrible fire

  2. the developer razed the old school building and built a high-rise condominium complex

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Origin and Etymology of raze

alteration of rase


RAZE Defined for English Language Learners

raze

verb

Definition of raze for English Language Learners

  • : to destroy (something, such as a building) completely


RAZE Defined for Kids

raze

verb \ ˈrāz \

Definition of raze for Students

razed; razing
: to destroy completely by knocking down or breaking to pieces : demolish


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