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raze

[reyz]
verb (used with object), razed, razing.
1.
to tear down; demolish; level to the ground: to raze a row of old buildings.
2.
to shave or scrape off.
Also, rase.


Origin:
1540–50; Middle English rasen < Middle French raser < *Vulgar Latin rāsāre to scrape, frequentative of Latin rādere to scrape

razer, noun
unrazed, adjective

raze, raise.


1. See destroy.
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raze or rase (reɪz)
 
vb
1.  to demolish (a town, buildings, etc) completely; level (esp in the phrase raze to the ground)
2.  to delete; erase
3.  archaic to graze
 
[C16: from Old French raser from Latin rādere to scrape]
 
rase or rase
 
vb
 
[C16: from Old French raser from Latin rādere to scrape]
 
'razer or rase
 
n
 
'raser or rase
 
n

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raze
1547, alteration of racen "pull or knock down" (a building or town), from earlier rasen (14c.) "to scratch, slash, scrape, erase," from O.Fr. raser "to scrape, shave," from M.L. rasare, frequentative of L. radere (pp. rasus) "to scrape, shave," perhaps from PIE *razd- (cf. L. rastrum "rake"), possible
extended form of PIE base *red- "to scrape, scratch, gnaw" (see rodent).
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