Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Middle English from the Old French raser "shave closely," from the Latin ras- "scraped," from the verb radere
  • erase scratch shave
  • bulldoze demolish destroy smash wreck
  • unavailable
  • construct create repair restore build
1. to shave or scrape off
2. to tear down; demolish; level to the ground
1. A) I spent an hour trying to raze the glue from the book cover to no avail. B) We could try to raze the budget to accommodate the new demands, but it will be tight.
2. A) The plan was to raze the barn to the ground and start afresh in the morning. B) He couldn't quite explain how his team had managed to raze the library, which made him look considerably worse.
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