\ 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

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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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Their houses were razed, and they were ordered into the countryside. Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times, "Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longtime president, dies at 95," 5 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, back on Aurora Road, the old Pizza Hut has already been razed to make way for a new Wendy’s restaurant, with construction set to begin after Labor Day. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "The Chick-fil-A has landed in Solon; Aldi’s and Hobby Lobby to follow suit," 2 Sep. 2019 The film points a finger directly at the greed of empire, and at the deliberate and elaborate social construction of whiteness to oppress, to ravage, to raze, to devastate, to occupy and to conquer. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "White Filmmakers Addressing (or Avoiding) Whiteness Onscreen," 29 Aug. 2019 In the SoDo neighborhood, near Sligh Boulevard and West Gore Street, Cedarwood Development razed a row of old warehouses to build a six-story, 121,000-square foot facility. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "With 300 Central Florida self-storage centers and more on the way, developers warn of oversupply," 28 Aug. 2019 Since 2014, teams have razed more than 18,000 buildings, with thousands of demolitions still to come. Lucas Joel, Quartz, "Detroit accidentally caused a pollen crisis by bulldozing the city’s abandoned areas," 15 Aug. 2019 When residents returned after the war, their homes and businesses had been razed. chicagotribune.com, "For Japanese Americans, World War II-set ‘The Terror’ is personal," 9 Aug. 2019 The building there — the site of a former Pizza Hut – will be razed. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Former Pizza Hut in Eastgate to be razed for GE credit union," 28 June 2019 Focus Last fall’s Camp fire killed 85 people, razed almost 14,000 homes, and displaced more than 50,000 residents in and around Paradise. Christian Science Monitor, "USA | Society," 7 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of raze

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


\ 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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