raze also rase (rāz)
tr.v. razed, raz·ing, raz·es also rased or ras·ing or ras·es
1. To level to the ground; demolish. See Synonyms at destroy.
a. To scrape or shave off.
b. To erase.
[Middle English rasen, to scrape off, from Old French raser, from Vulgar Latin *rāsāre, frequentative of Latin rādere; see RASH2.]
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