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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Definitions for raze

  1. to tear down; demolish; level to the ground: to raze a row of old buildings.
  2. to shave or scrape off.

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Citations for raze
They razed the building to the ground, then ran a wooden footbridge over the foundation to the dock, where the boats of the new ferry began to land on July 27. T.J. Stiles, The First Tycoon, 2009
Together, they’ll stop the nefarious plot to raze Celesteville, and turn it into a luxury resort. Meredith Blake, "Babar on the Big Screen," The New Yorker, Aug. 4, 2010
Origin of raze
1540-1550
Raze comes from the Middle French verb meaning "to shave," raser, a variant on the Latin rādere, "to scrape." It entered English in the late 1300s.