\ 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 Over one million hectares of land have been razed in the Sydney state of New South Wales at the start of this year's fire season alone. Lauren Williams, USA TODAY, "Australia's bushfire season begins early and forcefully as its politicians differ over climate change," 15 Nov. 2019 In 1930, San Jose’s last Chinatown was razed to make way for a city maintenance facility. Grace Hwang Lynch, SFChronicle.com, "Growing a lemon tree in the Valley of the Heart’s Delight," 31 Oct. 2019 And eventually, the Johnson High School building will be razed. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Johnson development ‘everything’ for north Huntsville," 16 Oct. 2019 Mount Zion’s current building on Pearl Street will be razed so that the Cleveland Browns can expand their nearby training center. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Residents invited to tour ‘new’ Polaris Career Center: Around The Town," 4 Oct. 2019 Three vacant warehouses across the street from the transit center will be razed to make way for the apartments being built by Interfaith of San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Escondido’s downtown developments will test residents appetite for transit," 22 Sep. 2019 By September, the aging school will be razed and replaced with a community park, complete with walking trails, a gazebo and playgrounds. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "A final goodbye to nearly century-old Pennsauken school slated for demolition," 21 May 2018 An advisory team recommended that Sartain raze the building. Tacoma News Tribune, The Seattle Times, "Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a Tacoma landmark, to be demolished," 26 Aug. 2019 Some could also be razed when structures are found to be unsound. Esther Fung, WSJ, "The Government May Want to Buy Your Dying Mall," 11 Sep. 2018

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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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21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Raze.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razing. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce raze (audio)

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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