or rase

[ reyz ]
/ reɪz /

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 scrape

Related forms

raz·er, nounun·razed, adjective

Can be confused

raze raise

Synonym study

1. See destroy.
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/ (reɪz) /

verb (tr)

to demolish (a town, buildings, etc) completely; level (esp in the phrase raze to the ground)
to delete; erase
archaic to graze

Derived Forms

razer or raser, noun

Word Origin for raze

C16: from Old French raser from Latin rādere to scrape
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