\ 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 Mayor Doug Hutchens asked for the council's support to condemn and raze the building. Lynn Kutter, Arkansas Online, 4 Aug. 2022 Carter also rejected the contention that the city had imposed a special condition in denying the certificate of appropriateness to raze the building. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2022 The Poor Clare nuns have since scrapped their plans to raze the building. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2022 Mayor Don McLaughlin, at a Uvalde City Council meeting Tuesday, said officials planned to raze the building. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Flood buyout programs typically purchase flood-prone homes, raze them and turn the property into green space. Ben Finley, ajc, 18 June 2022 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 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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9 Aug 2022

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“Raze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raze. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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