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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ If their Josie was planning on being a second Maria, then the school could well be razed to the ground by now.
▪ Her house had been razed to the ground and her husband killed.
▪ Many other important buildings were also razed to the ground.
▪ The towns of Kohlizt and the Temple of Sigmar at Nachtdorf were razed to the ground.
▪ Milan challenged the new ruler and for its troubles was razed to the ground in 1162.
▪ One of the three supermarkets looted was razed to the ground.
▪ The city continued to thrive until a massive earthquake razed it to the ground in 749AD.
burn/raze sth to the ground
▪ The city continued to thrive until a massive earthquake razed it to the ground in 749AD.
▪ They then torched the building, burning it to the ground.
▪ The old theater will be razed and replaced with housing.
▪ A massive Roman army besieged Jerusalem, utterly destroying the Temple and razing the city to the ground.
▪ But Vargas said the strengthened designation might make a judge more reluctant to order the cross razed.
▪ In typical Atlanta fashion, it was razed in 1977 to make room for the new Atlanta-Fulton Public Library.
▪ It occupies the site of a former school that was razed by fire.
▪ It says that the company razed forests, polluted rivers, retarded crop growth and caused birth defects.
▪ Many other important buildings were also razed to the ground.
▪ Since January, the city has razed 13 houses for building and zoning code violations and billed the owners, Khalil said.
▪ They buy up an entire slum block, raze it and erect a castle containing theaters, concert halls and restaurants.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rase \Rase\ (r[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rased (r[=a]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Rasing.] [F. raser, LL. rasare to scrape often, v. freq. fr. L. radere, rasum, to scrape, shave; cf. Skr. rad to scratch, gnaw, L. rodere to gnaw. Cf. Raze, Razee, Razor, Rodent.]

  1. To rub along the surface of; to graze. [Obsoles.]

    Was he not in the . . . neighborhood to death? and might not the bullet which rased his cheek have gone into his head?

    Sometimes his feet rased the surface of the water, and at others the skylight almost flattened his nose.

  2. To rub or scratch out; to erase. [Obsoles.]

    Except we rase the faculty of memory, root and branch, out of our mind.

  3. To level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to raze. [In this sense raze is generally used.]

    Till Troy were by their brave hands rased, They would not turn home.

    Note: This word, rase, may be considered as nearly obsolete; graze, erase, and raze, having superseded it.

    Rasing iron, a tool for removing old oakum and pitch from the seams of a vessel.

    Syn: To erase; efface; obliterate; expunge; cancel; level; prostrate; overthrow; subvert; destroy; demolish; ruin.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, alteration of racen "pull or knock down" (a building or town), from earlier rasen (14c.) "to scratch, slash, scrape, erase," from Old French raser "to scrape, shave" (see rase). Related: Razed; razing.


Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context transitive English) To demolish; to level to the ground. 2 (context transitive English) To scrape as if with a razor. Etymology 2

n. (obsolete spelling of race nodot=1 English) (gloss: rhizome of ginger).


v. tear down so as to make flat with the ground; "The building was levelled" [syn: level, rase, dismantle, tear down, take down, pull down] [ant: raise]


Raze may refer to:

  • Demolition
  • Raze, Haute-Saône, a town in France
  • Raze (house-music group)
  • Raze (Christian pop group)
  • Raze (Underworld), a fictional character in the Underworld films
  • Raze (magazine), a videogame magazine published by Newsfield Publications from 1990-1991.
  • Raze (film), a 2013 exploitation film
  • Raze, a Marvel Comics character and Brotherhood of Mutants member
Raze (Christian pop group)

Raze was a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Christian pop group formed by vocalists Donnie Lewis, Ja'Marc Davis, J.D. Webb, and Mizzie Logan. Throughout their career group scored two No. 1 singles on the Christian contemporary hit radio (CHR) charts: "Always and Forever (BFF)" and "More Than a Dream".

Raze (film)

Raze is a 2013 exploitation film that was directed by Josh C. Waller. The film premiered on April 21, 2013 at the Tribeca Film Festival and stars Zoë Bell and Rachel Nichols. The story focus on women forced to fight to death for the twisted entertainment of the wealthy elite.

Raze (house-music group)

Raze was an American electronic dance music group, assembled by the multi-instrumentalist and producer Vaughan Mason, who had previously released the hit single "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" on Brunswick Records in 1979. Raze also included the vocalists Keith Thompson Early releases included "Jack the Groove" and "Let the Music Move U", both in 1986. "Jack the Groove" was one of the first house music hits in the UK, entering the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart in January 1987. Along with Steve "Silk" Hurley's " Jack Your Body", a UK #1 the same month, it presaged the popularity of the genre in the UK in the late 1980s.

Raze hit #1 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1988 with " Break 4 Love" which also crossed over to urban radio stations, where it became a moderate hit. "Break 4 Love" hit #1 on the US dance chart again in 2001, when it was covered by Peter Rauhofer and the Pet Shop Boys, under the name The Collaboration.

In October 2004, "Break 4 Love" appeared in the popular video gameGrand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on the house music radio station SF-UR.

Raze (magazine)

Raze was a multi-format videogame magazine published by Newsfield Publications from October 1990 to September 1991 and was the successor to Newsfield’s own multi-format title The Games Machine. The editorial work for Raze was contracted out to Words Works Limited, which was head by Richard Monteiro. The magazine itself was planned to be replaced after its initial 12-month run with two separate titles that would concentrate on the Sega and Nintendo consoles ( Sega Force and Nintendo Force), however, those plans were put on hold when Newsfield entered liquidation in 1991. Content of Raze covered the 16-bit computer and console machines, with news on US and Japanese videogaming.

Roger Kean, co-owner of Newsfield Publications, granted the magazine preservation project, Out-of-Print Archive, permission to scan, edit and release the back issues of Raze.

Category:Defunct magazines of the United Kingdom Category:1990 establishments in the United Kingdom Category:1991 disestablishments in the United Kingdom Category:Magazines established in 1990 Category:Magazines disestablished in 1991 Category:British monthly magazines Category:British video game magazines

Usage examples of "raze".

From their bases first at Turin, and then at Coblenz, they were accused of planning invasions of France on the heels of absolutist armies that would put good patriots and their women and children to the sword and raze their cities.

No matter how many times he caused the temples and churches atop Lud Hill to be razed, Asterion could never discover the labyrinth.

We will raze the walls of the Scholia on Leal and harry the Master Wizards across the face of the earth.

Imperial trouble of some kind-maybe the razing of Mos Eisley to stamp out corruption and the need to house refugees-trouble on that level to bring people out here to my farm.

Instead did I make it plain to the wide-eyed males before me that should another attack occur, the entire city would be razed to the ground and those who survived sent possessionless into the forests.

It was the Luftwaffe literally razing the Warsaw ghetto to the ground in three days and nights.

As he rowed, Yama wondered again about Derev, and wondered if the Aedile had resisted the razing of Aeolis and was now a prisoner in his own peel-house, wondered what had happened to all the citizens of Aeolis, and again thought of Derev.

Kurds, Saddam Husayn attempted to weaken Kurdish resistance by forcibly relocating many Kurds from the Kurdish heartland in the north, by introducing increasing numbers of Arabs into mixed Kurdish provinces, and by razing all Kurdish villages along a 1,300 kilometer stretch of the border with Iran.

He stormed and took the castles of rebel vassals between Tours and Poitiers, razing their walls and burning their ruins, uprooting orchards and vineyards, leaving terror in his wake, and filling the dungeons of Normandy with the captives that he seized.

The razing and burning of strongholds continued in many localities as the tide ebbed and flowed.

By passing only the strongly fortified castles of Aumale and Gournay, he cut a wide swath from Boutavant toward Eu, burning and razing as he went, until finally he pitched his tents before Arques, not a half dozen leagues from Rouen.

They would return to finish what they had begun, now that the Crimson Sword was beyond their reach, razing Morethil to the ground.

Lynx helicopter returned, swooping in fast, now firing with its mini-gun, razing the side of the building with a storm of bullets.

By the time he was through, he was razing perfectly healthy schools, churches, fire stations, amusement parks, and even entire tracts of single-family houses, replacing them with sprawling condominium town houses.

Frequently flattened by storms, routinely razed by fires, our city was forever rehearing itself like the phoenix.