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[ reyz ]
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verb (used with object),razed, raz·ing.
  1. to tear down; demolish; level to the ground: to raze a row of old buildings.

  2. 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

synonym study For raze

1. See destroy.

Other words from raze

  • razer, noun
  • un·razed, adjective

Words that may be confused with raze

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How to use raze in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for raze



/ (reɪz) /

  1. to demolish (a town, buildings, etc) completely; level (esp in the phrase raze to the ground)

  2. to delete; erase

  1. archaic to graze

Origin of raze

C16: from Old French raser from Latin rādere to scrape

Derived forms of raze

  • razer or raser, noun

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