\ ˈrāz \
razed; razing

Definition of raze 

transitive verb

1a archaic : erase

b : to scrape, cut, or shave off

2 : to destroy to the ground : demolish raze an old building

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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

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Such properties should have been declared substantially damaged and forced to elevate, move or raze. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Flood Games: Here's where home elevations weren't being enforced after floods," 9 July 2018 There is even a theme park at the site of the Horde’s razed 15th-century capital Sarai Batu—a former film set of faux palaces and mosques where visitors ride camels, practice archery skills and take photos in Mongol dress. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Russia’s Turn to Its Asian Past," 6 July 2018 In Jamaica Plain, the city’s leafiest neighborhood, a state project that razed an aging overpass by the Forest Hills MBTA station, making way for an array of new streets and bike paths, took down more than 150 mature oak and maple trees. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "City fails in promise to plant 100,000 trees," 9 June 2018 On May 31, 1889, an epic rainfall caused the South Fork Dam in Pennsylvania coal country to collapse, releasing 20 million tons of water and raining down a torrent of debris that razed the mill town of Johnstown, 14 miles below. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "#BookmarkThis: Al Roker dishes on royal wedding, 'Today' show changes, new book," 22 May 2018 Here is the story Chris Hansen wrote for the R-G. OK, more links: This op-ed ran in Sunday's R-G in opposition to a stadium design that would raze Hayward's east grandstand: What would Pre do? OregonLive.com, "Snazzy redesign for Hayward Field is missing some details: Oregon track & field rundown," 18 Apr. 2018 Work has begun on the demolition of the Star Plaza Theatre, the second building in the hotel/theater/office complex to be razed as the property owners make way for the future of the 30-acre Merrillville site that has long been a tourism destination. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Iconic Star-Plaza Theatre demolition begins in Merrillville," 26 June 2018 All these years later, West Catholic’s original building has been razed though never forgotten. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "The Arena: A sports time capsule for Philadelphia | Frank's Place," 9 Mar. 2018 In Chester, a potential cannabis garden is proposed where 54 homes adjacent to a set of railroad tracks were razed. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Where the Weed Things Are: Marijuana growers eye former Strawbridge's, U.S. Steel plant," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of raze

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for raze

alteration of rase

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English Language Learners Definition of raze

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


\ ˈrāz \
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Kids Definition of raze

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

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