V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to demolish or destroy something; 2. to shave or scrape something off

Synonyms: flatten, demolish, destroy, remove, wreck, topple, scrape, shave

Antonyms: save, build, create

Tips: To remember the verb raze, it may be helpful to think of a razor, which is a device used for shaving (usually hair) and scraping things off until the surface is smooth and flat. When something (like a building) is razed, it is completely flattened and destroyed.

Usage Examples:

The city had to raze the library in order to build a newer, more contemporary library facility. (demolish, destroy)

He needed to raze his eyebrow hair, because it was out of control. (shave)

The woman cried as she watched bulldozers raze her old house. (destroy, demolish)

The neighborhood activists fought to gain historical status for the building, to keep it from being razed. (flattened, wrecked, demolished)

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