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verb (used with object), rased, ras·ing.
  1. raze.
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Related formsras·er, noun


or rase

verb (used with object), razed, raz·ing.
  1. to tear down; demolish; level to the ground: to raze a row of old buildings.
  2. to shave or scrape off.
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Origin of raze

1540–50; Middle English rasen < Middle French raser < *Vulgar Latin rāsāre to scrape, frequentative of Latin rādere to scrape
Related formsraz·er, nounun·razed, adjective
Can be confusedraze raise

Synonym study

1. See destroy.
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Examples from the Web for rase

Historical Examples of rase

  • Ae morning, by the dawn o' day,I rase to theek the stable, O!

    The Book of Humorous Verse


  • This rase waz won after a bitter contest, by Pete Tucker's colt.

    Josh Billings on Ice

    Henry Wheeler Shaw

  • This rase waz won after a bitter contest, by Pete Tuckers colt.

  • This have I printed in deep consideration, No worldly matter can rase it out of mind.

  • Thare is a rase course here, built in a sircile, whare tha make hosses go round and round; tis delitesum tu behold!

    Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings

    Henry Wheeler Shaw

British Dictionary definitions for rase


  1. a variant spelling of raze
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verb (tr)
  1. to demolish (a town, buildings, etc) completely; level (esp in the phrase raze to the ground)
  2. to delete; erase
  3. archaic to graze
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Derived Formsrazer or raser, noun

Word Origin for raze

C16: from Old French raser from Latin rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for rase


late 14c., "remove by scraping, rub, scrape out, erase," from Old French raser "to scrape, shave," from Medieval Latin rasare, frequentative of Latin radere (past participle rasus) "to scrape, shave," perhaps from PIE *razd- (cf. Latin rastrum "rake"), possible extended form of root *red- "to scrape, scratch, gnaw" (see rodent). Related: Rased; rasing.

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1540s, alteration of racen "pull or knock down" (a building or town), from earlier rasen (14c.) "to scratch, slash, scrape, erase," from Old French raser "to scrape, shave" (see rase). Related: Razed; razing.

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