raze

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.

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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

synonym study for raze

1. See destroy.

OTHER WORDS FROM raze

razer, nounun·razed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH raze

raze , raise
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British Dictionary definitions for raze

raze

rase

/ (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 of raze

razer or raser, noun

Word Origin for raze

C16: from Old French raser from Latin rādere to scrape
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