Word of the DaySaturday, August 23, 2014
\reyz\ , verb;
to tear down; demolish; level to the ground: to raze a row of old buildings.
to shave or scrape off.
They razed the building to the ground, then ran a wooden footbridge over the foundation to the dock, where the boats of the new ferry began to land on July 27.
-- T.J. Stiles, The First Tycoon, 2009
Together, they’ll stop the nefarious plot to raze Celesteville, and turn it into a luxury resort.
-- Meredith Blake, "Babar on the Big Screen," The New Yorker, Aug. 4, 2010
Raze comes from the Middle French verb meaning "to shave," raser, a variant on the Latin rādere, "to scrape." It entered English in the late 1300s.
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