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foray

noun for·ay \ ˈfȯr-ˌā , ˈfär- also fȯ-ˈrā or fə-ˈrā \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of foray

plural forays
1 : a sudden or irregular invasion or attack for war or spoils : raid
  • a foray into enemy territory
  • attempted sneak and surprise forays
  • —D. D. Eisenhower
2 : an initial and often tentative attempt to do something in a new or different field or area of activity
  • the novelist's foray into nonfiction
  • Torres spearheaded his family's first foray into international wine production by purchasing land in Chile's Curicó Valley in 1979.
  • —Michael Schachner

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Examples of foray in a Sentence

  1. a foray into enemy territory

  2. We made a quick foray into town for some supplies.

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Origin and Etymology of foray

see 2foray


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foray

verb

Definition of foray

forayed; foraying; forays
transitive + intransitive
1 I : to make a raid or brief invasion
  • forayed into enemy territory
  • Nicaraguan troops were foraying along the frontier …
  • —George Russell
2 I : to do or attempt something outside one's accustomed sphere : to enter into a new or different field or area of activity
  • Tesla, known for its high-end electric cars, has forayed into the trucking industry with a Nov. 16 reveal of its latest prototype, the Tesla Semi.
  • —Meagan Nichols
3 T archaic : to ravage in search of spoils : pillage

forayer

noun, plural forayers

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Did You Know?

Foray comes from Middle English forrayen and probably traces back to an Anglo-French word that meant "raider" or "forager." It's related to the word forage, which usually means "to wander in search of food or forage." A foray, in its earliest sense, was a raid for plunder. Relatively recently, foray began to take on a broader meaning. In a sense, a foray is still a trip into a foreign territory. These days, though, looting and plundering needn't be involved in a foray. When you take a foray, you dabble in an area, occupation, or pastime that's new to you.

Origin and Etymology of foray

Middle English forrayen, from Anglo-French forreyer, foreer, probably back-formation from *forrier, *forreour forager, raider, from fuerre, foer provender — more at forage


FORAY Defined for English Language Learners

foray

Definition of foray for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden invasion or attack

  • : an attempt to do something especially for the first time

  • : a short journey



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