razed; razing

transitive verb

: to destroy to the ground : demolish
raze an old building
: to scrape, cut, or shave off
archaic : erase
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 It was later razed, and today, a QuikTrip gas station stands in its place. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 8 July 2024 And the beams can be repurposed if the building is ever razed. Dana Thomas, Architectural Digest, 3 July 2024 The Los Angeles home where Marilyn Monroe last lived won't be razed after all, after members of the city council voted unanimously to designate it a historic cultural monument. Raechal Shewfelt, EW.com, 27 June 2024 But the area was completely razed — some 1,000 homes burned in the 2020 fires — and the people who lived there hadn’t returned. Nollyanne Delacruz, The Mercury News, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for raze 

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Word History


alteration of rase

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Raze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raze. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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