What does raze mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. level, raze, rase, dismantle, tear down, take down, pull downverb

    tear down so as to make flat with the ground

    "The building was levelled"


  1. razeverb

    To demolish; to level to the ground.

    The word laconic' derives from Lakon (person from Lakonia) the district around Sparta in southern Greece in ancient times, whose inhabitants were famous for their brevity of speech. When Philip of Macedon threatened them with, If I enter Laconia, I will raze Sparta, the Spartans' reply was, If.

  2. razeverb

    To scrape as if with a razor.

  3. Etymology: From raser

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Razenoun

    A root of ginger. This is commonly written race, but less properly.

    Etymology: rayz, a root, Spanish.

    I have a gammon of bacon and two razes of ginger to be delivered. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

  2. To Razeverb

    Etymology: raser, Fr. rasus, Lat.

    Will you suffer a temple, how poorly built soever, but yet a temple of your deity, to be razed. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    He yoaketh your rebellious necks,
    Razeth your cities, and subverts your towns. William Shakespeare.

    It grieved the tyrant, that so base a town should so long hold out, so that he would threaten to raze it. Richard Knolles.

    Shed christian blood, and populous cities raze;
    Because they’re taught to use some diff’rent phrase. Edmund Waller.

    We touch’d with joy
    The royal hand that raz’d unhappy Troy. Dryden.

    The place would be razed to the ground, and its foundations sown with salt. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 189.

    Fatal this marriage; cancelling your fame,
    Razing the characters of your renown. William Shakespeare.

    Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
    Raze out the written troubles of the brain. William Shakespeare.

    He in derision sets
    Upon their tongues a various spirit, to raze
    Quite out their native language; and instead,
    To sow a jangling noise of words. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    I’ll find a day to massacre them all,
    And raze their faction and their family. William Shakespeare.


  1. raze

    To raze is to completely destroy or demolish a building, structure, or entire area, usually in a deliberate manner. It means to wipe out or eliminate completely, often by tearing down or breaking apart.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Razenoun

    a Shakespearean word (used once) supposed to mean the same as race, a root

  2. Razeverb

    to erase; to efface; to obliterate

  3. Razeverb

    to subvert from the foundation; to lay level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to demolish

  4. Etymology: [See Race.]


  1. Raze

    Raze is a fictional character from Underworld series.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Raze

    rāz, n. (Shak.). Same as Race (3).

  2. Raze

    rāz, v.t. to lay level with the ground: to overthrow: to destroy. [Rase.]

  3. Raze

    rāz, n. a swinging fence in a water-course to prevent the passage of cattle.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of raze in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of raze in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of raze in a Sentence

  1. Phelim Kine:

    That's staggering, that's the equivalent of telling a United States citizen that an American corporation is going to raze Yosemite, or in the UK that they'll pave the Lake District. The environmental impacts are almost incalculable.

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