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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 rased

Historical Examples of rased

  • And the line of Hengist and Cerdic shall be rased from the roll of empire.

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • And Fromelles church on the hill has been rased to the ground.

  • Page 133: "rased" was printed that way; "razed" also occurs in this text.

  • Alexander rased it to the ground; but spared the house and family of Pindar.

  • In the summer of 1534, orders came that the pope's name should be rased out wherever it was mentioned in the Mass books.

British Dictionary definitions for rased


  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 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.

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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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