\ 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

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 Ukraine’s intelligence service wrote in a statement on Monday that the Russians were preparing to use three-ton bombs on the plant in an effort to raze it completely. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Last year, the building, wrapped in mesh, its concrete core bearing evidence of continuous leaks, was sold to a developer who prepared to raze it. Carolina A. Mirandacolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2022 Developers plan to raze the former American Motors Corporation headquarters on Detroit’s west side to make way for a new industrial facility, which is expected to generate more than 300 permanent jobs, officials announced Thursday. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 9 Dec. 2021 The Glendale Plan Commission on Tuesday approved a request from the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin to raze the building. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2022 The city has already issued a permit to raze the buildings, according to the letter. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 But in April 1970, bulldozers arrived to raze the land to construct a California Highway Patrol station, not a park. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The council approved a $60,000 contract with Adam’s Demolition to raze Municipal Stadium. Dave Mcmillion, Baltimore Sun, 18 Apr. 2022 Her suggestion is among numerous ideas that a special committee will consider this year as Farmington prepares to raze its high school and build a modern replacement. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Raze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raze. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for raze


\ 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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