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definition of the word raze

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From Old French raser.

Infinitive
to raze

Third person singular
razes

Simple past
razed

Past participle
razed

Present participle
razing

to raze (third-person singular simple present razes, present participle razing, simple past and past participle razed)

  1. (transitive) To demolish; to level to the ground.
    The work '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 to the ground," the Spartans' reply was, "If."
  2. (transitive) To scrape as if with a razor.

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