foray

noun
for·​ay | \ ˈfȯr-ˌā, ˈfär- also fȯ-ˈrā or fə-ˈrā\
plural forays

Definition of foray 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

foray

verb
forayed; foraying; forays

Definition of foray (Entry 2 of 2)

1 intransitive : to make a raid or brief invasion forayed into enemy territory Nicaraguan troops were foraying along the frontier …— George Russell
2 intransitive : 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 transitive archaic : to ravage in search of spoils : pillage

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Other Words from foray

Verb

forayer noun, plural forayers

Did You Know?

Verb

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.

Examples of foray in a Sentence

Noun

a foray into enemy territory We made a quick foray into town for some supplies.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the mid-1980s, as Donald Trump made his first forays into Atlantic City, Fred Trump devised a plan that sharply increased the flow of money to his son. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Fashion Nova isn't the first fast fashion brand to make its foray into the beauty world. Zoe Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Fashion Nova Is Launching a Beauty Line Called Nova Beauty," 25 July 2018 Set It Up, one of Netflix's spiffiest forays into romantic comedy, is her first feature film. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Director Of This Year's Cutest Rom-Com Is Determined To Revive The Romantic Comedy," 14 June 2018 The steady drumbeat of Durant’s forays softened up Cleveland for Curry’s second-half knockout. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Steph Curry and Kevin Durant Put Their Tug-of-War Behind Them," 4 June 2018 Oladipo is one of the NBA’s fastest players from end-to-end, and many of his points during the regular season came in transition, at the tail end of forays to the basket. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "James dominating Pacers, while Oladipo searches for answers," 26 Apr. 2018 The blackface episode was the latest flare-up in her bumpy 13-month foray into morning television, which has drawn so-so ratings and occasional criticism. John Koblin, The Seattle Times, "After ‘blackface’ remarks, TV host Megyn Kelly sends apologetic email to colleagues," 23 Oct. 2018 The Taliban, meanwhile, have ramped up their diplomatic forays, having traveled to Uzbekistan and Indonesia to meet the foreign ministers there. Fox News, "Russian peace talks raise specter of shifting influence," 25 Aug. 2018 Lively’s many other recent forays into suiting have also put exciting, unexpected twists on the menswear staple. Andrea Park, Allure, "Blake Lively's Low Ponytail Perfectly Complements Her Sharp White Suit at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards," 21 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To camp solo is to foray into wilderness that’s made wilder by the fact that one is alone in it. Cheryl Strayed, Vogue, "Is Glamping Camping? Wild’s Cheryl Strayed Tackles the Question—in Style," 17 July 2018 The American Cancer Society partnership isn’t Lyft’s only foray into medical transportation. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Lyft Is Offering Free Rides to Cancer Patients in Major U.S. Cities," 21 June 2018 There are plenty of his signature otaku flowers, but also forays into art history, including homages to the British master of angst Francis Bacon and the Edo-period Japanese painter Soga Shohaku. The New Yorker, "Takashi Murakami, Japan’s Answer to Andy Warhol," 18 May 2018 Romiguier is also on the hunt for similar genetic adaptations that have helped some ants foray into the ruthless world of slavemaking. Erica Tennenhouse, Science | AAAS, "How blood-red ants became slave snatchers," 11 Apr. 2018 Casper forayed into the pillow and sheets scene in 2016 to pretty great reviews. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Trend Alert: The Most High-Tech Comforters And Sheets To Keep You Cool, Chic, And Comfy," 16 Feb. 2018 The actress Olivia Wilde, spokeswoman and model for H&M’s forays into sustainable fashion, was there wearing a new dress from the line. Alden Wicker, Newsweek, "Fast Fashion Is Creating an Environmental Crisis," 1 Sep. 2016 Schmidt also occasionally forayed into writing for Hollywood, composing scores for a film called A Texas Romance and the 1972 film Bad Company. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Harvey Schmidt, Composer of Longest-Running Musical in History, Dies at 88," 1 Mar. 2018 Stewart suggests that Locke’s forays into poetry and fiction were stunted by his inability to speak openly about his sexuality. Michael P. Jeffries, New York Times, "The Philosopher Who Believed That Art Was Key to Black Liberation," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of foray

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for foray

Verb and Noun

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

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foray

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foray

: a sudden invasion or attack

: an attempt to do something especially for the first time

: a short journey

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