verb (used with object), razed, raz·ing.
Origin of raze
Examples from the Web for 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?|James Fassinger|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Carlton the longing to do something violent suddenly outweighed his desire to raze the east end of the church.Peccavi|E. W. Hornung
It contained a highly curious clock-work toy, and enough dynamite to raze St. Paul's to the ground.The Astonishing History of Troy Town|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Chator looked very intensely at Michael, as if he expected he would offer to raze it to the ground immediately.Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie
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.