raze

verb
\ 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 Then, in the final days of the month — and the Hebrew calendar year — intense winds pushed the blaze toward the Lake Tahoe Basin, threatening to raze the homes of another. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 In August 2018, Vatan Karbash set himself ablaze in Crimea's regional capital of Simferopol to protest authorities' moves to raze Crimean Tatars' homes. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2021 In August 2018, Vatan Karbash set himself ablaze in Crimea's regional capital of Simferopol to protest authorities' moves to raze Crimean Tatars' homes. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 22 Aug. 2021 Long term, the plan is to raze buildings, erect new ones, introduce an aquatic center and make improvements to Balboa Stadium. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 The Caldor Fire is the third largest in the state, with the Dixie Fire, California's largest, continuing to raze through 749713 acres. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 27 Aug. 2021 And whether to raze or preserve them has raised urgent questions about how best to remember that Tuesday evening and its still-unresolved aftermath. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 The owners of Sportsmen’s Lodge plan to raze the 1960s-vintage hotel on Ventura Boulevard and replace it with apartments as part of an ongoing makeover of the site long known as a cultural center of the San Fernando Valley, writes Roger Vincent. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2021 Others used bulldozers to raze trees and bushes, hoping to create rudimentary firebreaks. Time, 9 Aug. 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Raze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raze. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for raze

raze

verb

English Language Learners Definition of raze

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

raze

verb
\ 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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