Meaning of raze in English:


Pronunciation /reɪz/

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(also rase)
[with object]
  • Completely destroy (a building, town, or other settlement)

    ‘villages were razed to the ground’
    • ‘Next it was the turn of armoured bulldozers to raze building after building.’
    • ‘A frenzy of hotel building razed old neighbourhoods and transformed city centres.’
    • ‘Military bulldozers yesterday knocked down all the structures in Kadim, and were razing buildings in Ganim.’
    • ‘Troops were razing buildings and killing people as they were encountered.’
    • ‘Who would start a restoration project by razing the building to be restored almost to the ground?’
    • ‘And this week, the Mayfair building was finally razed to the ground.’
    • ‘Temporary facilities have been in place since the former service area building was razed to the ground last October.’
    • ‘Neither our lease nor our budget will allow us to raze our buildings to put in showcase-perfect sustainable materials.’
    • ‘Work began to raze the building in February this year.’
    • ‘The old village was razed to the ground, and very quickly the new town of Abbeyleix became established.’
    • ‘She slaughtered all Roman inhabitants and razed the town.’
    • ‘In 1968, New York City razed the existing buildings and planted grass on the island.’
    • ‘Some three hundred buildings were razed with a property loss estimated at three million dollars.’
    • ‘As if to exact revenge on being chased back to the desert, the border villages and towns were razed to the ground.’
    • ‘I will raze the whole building to the ground, if that's what it takes to prove myself.’
    • ‘If you join, I will have no need to raze your towns and capture your villages.’
    • ‘They talk of ‘carpet bombing’ and razing whole cities to the ground.’
    destroy, demolish, raze to the ground, tear down, pull down, knock down, knock to pieces, level, flatten, bulldoze, fell, wipe out, lay waste, ruin, wreck
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Middle English (in the sense ‘scratch, incise’): from Old French raser ‘shave closely’, from Latin ras- ‘scraped’, from the verb radere.