\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web When tasked with the redesign of the Modernist, 1960s apartment blocks, Lacaton and Vassal chose not to raze the structures — as is all too common. Los Angeles Times, "Pritzker Prize goes to French anti-starchitects who bring life to old buildings," 16 Mar. 2021 To make way for the four-story building, the developers must raze a garage that Hessler Street Fair organizers used each year as a makeshift museum to display past fliers, pictures and assorted memorabilia. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Apartments planned for Hessler Road leads to tension between residents, University Circle development corporation," 13 Mar. 2021 Ginny, caught between wanting to assimilate and wanting to raze the neighborhood, can’t rest, sensing that, somewhere, there’s blood in the water. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Queen Latifah Obliterates Trumps n’ Musks in “The Equalizer”," 8 Mar. 2021 For Carmen Storms, the idea that construction workers would raze the trees along Melnea Cass Boulevard echoes the traumas of Boston’s urban renewal boom in the 1950s and 1960s. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "For this community, trees bring more than shade. They represent justice.," 2 Mar. 2021 The San Antonio Housing Authority had for years planned to work with a for-profit developer to raze and replace the aging West Side complex with apartments for families across the income spectrum. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "'We can't do this': How 501 public housing units in San Antonio were suddenly spared destruction," 6 Feb. 2021 State officials protected the species, but with an exemption that would allow 15 shovel-ready solar projects to raze Joshua trees. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Two Biden priorities, climate and conservation, collide in the California desert," 21 Jan. 2021 Cleveland intends to raze two lakeshore warehouses on docks north of FirstEnergy Stadium to help provide more space for the 2021 NFL draft and open the door for future uses. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland to demolish 2 warehouses near FirstEnergy Stadium for 2021 NFL draft, future uses," 24 Dec. 2020 Instead, modernism sought to raze and rebuild cities into either vertical towers or sprawling suburbs. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Future of Staying Home," 3 Dec. 2020

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

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11 Apr 2021

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“Raze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raze. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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