- to tear down; demolish; level to the ground: to raze a row of old buildings.
- to shave or scrape off.
Origin of raze
Related Words for razeobliterate, topple, demolish, overthrow, wreck, erase, smash, destroy, extinguish, bulldoze, scatter, dynamite, wrack, bomb, reduce, extirpate, capsize, total, zap, subvert
Examples from the Web for raze
Contemporary Examples of raze
In 1999, Mayor Dennis Archer sent in his own team of bulldozers to raze the art, but the artist stayed put and rebuilt.Who Is Burning Down Detroit’s World-Famous Street Art?
March 14, 2014
Historical Examples of raze
What, could it be true that they were going to fight again, were going to burn and raze Sedan!The Downfall
Here an awful blast swept the house, as if to raze it to its foundations.My New Curate
There were 2,000 houses to raze and new structures to be built.
The only absolutely safe plan is to raze them from the earth.Semiramis and Other Plays
Olive Tilford Dargan
Then the army was set to work, to raze the city to the ground.For the Temple
G. A. Henty
- 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
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.