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.

Nearby words

  1. rayon,
  2. rayonny,
  3. rayside-balfour,
  4. raytown,
  5. raza,
  6. razee,
  7. razoo,
  8. razor,
  9. razor blade,
  10. razor clam

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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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 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 raze

raze

v.

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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