raze

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verb \ˈrāz\

Definition of raze

razed

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razing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a archaic :  eraseb :  to scrape, cut, or shave off

  3. 2 :  to destroy to the ground :  demolish raze an old building

razer

noun

Examples of raze in a Sentence

  1. an entire city block razed by a terrible fire

  2. the developer razed the old school building and built a high-rise condominium complex

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Origin and Etymology of raze

alteration of rase


RAZE Defined for English Language Learners

raze

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verb

Definition of raze for English Language Learners

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


RAZE Defined for Kids

raze

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verb \ˈrāz\

Definition of raze for Students

razed

;

razing

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



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