verb (used with object), rased, ras·ing.
Related formsras·er, noun
verb (used with object), razed, raz·ing.
to tear down; demolish; level to the ground: to raze a row of old buildings.
to shave or scrape off.
Origin of raze
1540–50; Middle English rasen < Middle French raser < *Vulgar Latin rāsāre to scrape, frequentative of Latin rādere to scrapeRelated formsraz·er, nounun·razed, adjectiveCan be confusedraze raise
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British Dictionary definitions for rases
a variant spelling of raze
Derived Formsrazer or raser, noun
to demolish (a town, buildings, etc) completely; level (esp in the phrase raze to the ground)
to delete; erase
archaic to graze
Word Origin for raze
C16: from Old French raser from Latin rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for rases
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.
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