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Definition of raze verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

raze

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//reɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//reɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they raze
BrE BrE//reɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//reɪz//
 
he / she / it razes
BrE BrE//ˈreɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪzɪz//
 
past simple razed
BrE BrE//reɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//reɪzd//
 
past participle razed
BrE BrE//reɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//reɪzd//
 
-ing form razing
BrE BrE//ˈreɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪzɪŋ//
 
Construction
 
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[usually passive] raze something to completely destroy a building, town, etc. so that nothing is left The village was razed to the ground. The woodland was razed by fire. See related entries: Construction Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘scratch, incise’): from Old French raser ‘shave closely’, from Latin ras- ‘scraped’, from the verb radere.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: raze