- to tear down; demolish; level to the ground: to raze a row of old buildings.
- to shave or scrape off.
Origin of raze
Examples from the Web for rased
And the line of Hengist and Cerdic shall be rased from the roll of empire.Harold, Complete
And Fromelles church on the hill has been rased to the ground.The Challenge of the Dead
Page 133: "rased" was printed that way; "razed" also occurs in this text.The Two First Centuries of Florentine History
Alexander rased it to the ground; but spared the house and family of Pindar.A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence
In the summer of 1534, orders came that the pope's name should be rased out wherever it was mentioned in the Mass books.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
- a variant spelling of raze
- to demolish (a town, buildings, etc) completely; level (esp in the phrase raze to the ground)
- to delete; erase
- archaic to graze
Word Origin and History for rased
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.
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.