noun \ˈrād\

: a surprise attack on an enemy by soldiers or other military forces

: an occurrence in which police suddenly enter a place in a forceful way to find criminals, illegal drugs, etc.

: an act of going into a place (such as a bank) in order to steal something

Full Definition of RAID

a :  a hostile or predatory incursion
b :  a surprise attack by a small force
a :  a brief foray outside one's usual sphere
b :  a sudden invasion by officers of the law
c :  a daring operation against a competitor
d :  the recruiting of personnel (as faculty, executives, or athletes) from competing organizations
:  the act of mulcting public money
:  an attempt by professional operators to depress stock prices by concerted selling

Examples of RAID

  1. They launched a raid against the enemy.
  2. Weapons were also seized during the drug raid.
  3. They caught five smugglers in the raid.

Origin of RAID

Middle English (Scots) rade, from Old English rād ride, raid — more at road
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical



: to attack (a place or group) in a sudden and unexpected way

: to enter (a place) suddenly in a forceful way in order to look for someone or something

: to enter (a place) in order to steal or take something

Full Definition of RAID

intransitive verb
:  to conduct or take part in a raid
transitive verb
:  to make a raid on

Examples of RAID

  1. The village was raided often by neighboring tribes.
  2. Police raided the house and found drugs.
  3. Federal agents raided the warehouse, seizing stolen property and arresting five smugglers.
  4. She raided her sister's closet to find something to wear to the party.

First Known Use of RAID


Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical


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