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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.
2. Archaic
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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.razing - the event of a structure being completely demolished and leveled
demolition, wipeout, destruction - an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
2.razing - complete destruction of a buildingrazing - complete destruction of a building  
destruction, devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
References in classic literature ?
They are talking of razing the admirable chapel of Vincennes, in order to make, with its stones, some fortification, which Daumesnil did not need, however.
The occupation forces started razing lands in the isolated village of Daher al-Maleh southwest of Jenin to build a new section of the apartheid wall that is adjacent to "Shaked" settlement.
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KARACHI -- Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has taken serious notice of razing Government Primary School Rahim Khan Jakhrani building in town Mir Mohammad Panhwar near Bye Pass Road in district Jacobabad.
The fire easily ate the dried grasses and trees in the village, razing about 10 ha of forest.
Ras Al Khaimah - The Ras Al Khaimah Municipality has started razing 64 deserted farms and houses in six areas.
Baghdad: IS militants have desecrated another ancient Iraqi capital, the government said on Wednesday, razing parts of the 2,700-year-old city of Khorsabad famed for its colossal statues of human-headed winged bulls.
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On Wednesday, the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) posted satellite photos taken on May 25 that appear to show the razing of two buildings at the Parchin site and the deployment of heavy machinery to move earth and equipment, The Wall Street Journal reports.