\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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The situation has led Wheeler to ask city bureau leaders to propose 5 percent cuts to their budgets, an exercise that has drawn strong rebukes from organized residents particularly concerned about razing the Parks & Recreation budget. Gordon R. Friedman, OregonLive.com, "Mayor Ted Wheeler in talks to raise Portland business taxes," 17 Apr. 2018 Work to raze the missile test stand and nearby support structures began in the second week of May and appeared nearly complete in a May 19 image, the website said. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Report: Imagery shows North Korea razes missile test stand," 7 June 2018 Work to raze the missile test stand and nearby support structures began in the second week of May and appeared nearly complete in satellite imagery taken on May 19, Mr. Bermudez said. New York Times, "North Korea Razes Missile Test Facility Ahead of Meeting With Trump," 7 June 2018 One of the oldest urban forests in the Midwest, the North Woods became the center of controversy in 2016 when the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs planned to raze the land to build a national veterans' monument. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "A lack of trees might hurt Indianapolis’ growth. Here’s why.," 4 June 2018 More on Charlestown: Tenants and others argued that the city wanted to raze the World War II-era housing, so it could be redeveloped. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Lawsuit accuses Charlestown officials, developer of extortion scheme to buy land for a song," 23 Jan. 2018 The Palm Beach County School District had planned to raze the site at 301 SW 14th Ave. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "School was pride of black community. Now graduates fight to preserve it.," 11 Jan. 2018 And for more than 30 years, the nearly century-old bridge has been crumbling, even as residents rallied endlessly to save their de facto Main Street and as city agencies mulled razing the structure. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "A Bridge, the Rickety Heart of Kew Gardens, Gets a Reprieve," 12 July 2018 In a study published last week in the North Korea-focused 38 North website, U.S. analyst Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. said recent commercial satellite images showed the North was razing a missile test stand near the northwest city of Kusong. Washington Post, "Trump’s comments back US report of razed N. Korea test site," 12 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


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Kids Definition of raze

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

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something that serves to warn or remind

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