raze

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See also: raže, rażę, ráze, and ráže

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English rasen, from Old French raser, from Vulgar Latin *rasō, from Latin rāsus (scraped, shaved), perfect passive participle of rādō (scrape, shave).

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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.
    • 2017 May 13, Barney Ronay, “Antonio Conte’s brilliance has turned Chelsea’s pop-up team into champions”, in The Guardian[1], London:
      Just as significant in the long term, Chelsea were also granted permission this season for their new on-site mega-stadium, a 60,000-seat upgrade that will mean the current Stamford Bridge is razed and replaced by something that looks like a vast alien space yurt made of giant Martian redwood stems.
  2. (transitive) To destroy; to strike out of existence; to obliterate.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[2]:
      We both loved her now and for all time, she was stamped and carven on our hearts, and no other woman or interest could ever raze that splendid die.
  3. (transitive) To scrape as if with a razor.
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raze

  1. Obsolete spelling of race (rhizome of ginger).

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raze (plural razes)

  1. A swinging fence in a watercourse to prevent cattle passing through.

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raze

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of razen

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Friulian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Uncertain; possibly of South Slavic or substrate origin. Compare Slovene raca, Romanian rață.

Noun[edit]

raze f (plural razis)

  1. duck

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Italian razza.

Noun[edit]

raze f (plural razis)

  1. race
  2. breed
  3. strain