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foray

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verb for·ay \ˈfȯr-ˌā, ˈfär- also fȯ-ˈrā or fə-ˈrā\

Definition of foray

  1. transitive verb
  2. archaic :  to ravage in search of spoils :  pillage

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make a raid or brief invasion forayed into enemy territory

forayer

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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


First Known Use: 14th century


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foray

noun for·ay

Definition of foray

  1. 1 :  a sudden or irregular invasion or attack for war or spoils :  raid attempted sneak and surprise forays — D. D. Eisenhower

  2. 2 :  a brief excursion or attempt especially outside one's accustomed sphere the novelist's foray into nonfiction our foray into the rain forest

Examples of foray in a Sentence

  1. a foray into enemy territory

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

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

see 1foray


First Known Use: 14th century


FORAY Defined for English Language Learners

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foray

noun for·ay

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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