\ 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 And that's a particularly worrisome flaw now, given widespread right-wing efforts to raze the administrative state. ... Jane Greenway Carr, CNN, 10 July 2022 The indiscriminate bombardment would raze much of the city and kill thousands of civilians. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 Plans to raze the vacant building, with the original portion constructed in 1919, were first reported by the Journal Sentinel in January 2020. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2022 The cost of plans to raze and rebuild the low- and moderate-income rentals in the Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood and blend them with market-rate units in a larger, dramatically redesigned complex — has climbed to about $58 million. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 10 Apr. 2022 During their approach to Sievierodonetsk, for example, Russian forces didn't so much assault the city of Rubizhne as raze it to the ground, hitting it with as many as 1,500 artillery rounds per day, according to BBC's Quentin Sommerville. Grayson Quay, The Week, 16 June 2022 President Biden suggested to a local lawmaker while visiting Uvalde days after the shooting that the federal government could provide resources to raze the school and build a new one. Paul Best, Fox News, 9 June 2022 Walsh said the town’s plan is to raze the buildings and then seek buyers to redevelop it, possibly with a view toward an entertainment and dining complex. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 29 May 2022 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 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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28 Jul 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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