raze
[ reyz ]
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Part of Speechverb
Origin + Etymology
Middle Englishfrom the Old French raser "shave closely," from the Latin ras- "scraped," from the verb radere
Synonyms
    1.
  • erase scratch shave
    2.
  • bulldoze demolish destroy smash wreck
Antonyms
    1.
  • unavailable
    2.
  • construct create repair restore build
Definition
1.to shave or scrape off
2.to tear down; demolish; level to the ground
Examples
1.A) I spent an hour trying to raze the glue from the book cover to no avail. B) We could try to raze the budget to accommodate the new demands, but it will be tight.
2.A) The plan was to raze the barn to the ground and start afresh in the morning. B) He couldn't quite explain how his team had managed to raze the library, which made him look considerably worse.
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