\ ˈrāz How to pronounce raze (audio) \
razed; razing

Definition of raze

transitive verb

1 : to destroy to the ground : demolish raze an old building
2a : to scrape, cut, or shave off
b archaic : erase

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Other Words from raze

razer noun

Examples of raze in a Sentence

an entire city block razed by a terrible fire the developer razed the old school building and built a high-rise condominium complex
Recent Examples on the Web Circa owners Derek and Greg Stevens, who also operate the D Las Vegas on Fremont Street, razed an entire city block to create room for the Circa, which will be downtown’s first new hotel to be built from scratch in 40 years. Dallas News, "Mammoth Vegas video screen dwarfs the display at Cowboys Stadium," 11 Jan. 2020 Residents in the path of infernos razing southeastern Australia were urged to evacuate as hot and windy conditions are forecast in the region. USA TODAY, "Iran missile attacks, Australian wildfires, Puerto Rico earthquakes: 5 things to know Thursday," 9 Jan. 2020 Record amount of coca fields razed, Colombia's Duque says: Colombia, a top source of coca, the base ingredient in cocaine, eradicated more than 247,000 acres of the crop last year, said President Iván Duque, calling the figure a record. Washington Post, "World Digest: Jan. 9, 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 The city has tried since 2017 to get the building razed, Marsh said. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Man whose Madison Heights metal firm sluiced 'green slime' onto I-696 reports to prison," 5 Jan. 2020 Rubio’s other ideas are the sort that shouldn’t really raze libertarian hackles that much: expanding the federal per-child tax credit, reforming the Small Business Administration, and so on. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "A Federal Government That’s Not Good at Its Job Can’t Effectively Serve the ‘Common Good’," 13 Dec. 2019 After years of planning, the city is expected to start razing a portion of one of the country’s oldest public markets as early as next month to make way for a new warehouse-style building more in tune with the desires of modern consumers. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "A rebuild of Baltimore’s Lexington Market is set to begin — too late for some vendors, but others are hopeful," 12 Dec. 2019 Occupancy of the new high school will occur in stages, and Wheeler stressed that parking will be an issue until the old high school is razed. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea Schools superintendent shares ‘Coffee and Conversation’ with community," 9 Dec. 2019 In addition to razing the city, British troops looted thousands of pieces of priceless and culturally significant art, known as the Benin bronzes. Nina Kravinsky, Smithsonian, "As African Art Thrives, Museums Grapple with Legacy of Colonialism," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of raze

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raze

alteration of rase

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The first known use of raze was in the 14th century

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17 Jan 2020

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“Raze.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raze. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce raze (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of raze

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


\ ˈrāz How to pronounce raze (audio) \
razed; razing

Kids Definition of raze

: to destroy completely by knocking down or breaking to pieces : demolish

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