for·​ay | \ ˈfȯr-ˌā How to pronounce foray (audio) , ˈfär- also fȯ-ˈrā or fə-ˈrā \
plural forays

Definition of foray

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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


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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forayer noun, plural forayers

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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 Uber will allow users in Ontario, Canada, to place orders for cannabis on its Uber Eats app, marking the ride-hailing giant's foray into the booming business, a company spokesperson said on Monday. Reuters, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Uber Technologies will allow users in Ontario, Canada, to place orders for cannabis on its Uber Eats app, marking the ride-hailing giant’s foray into the booming business, a company spokesperson said Monday. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 Gaspard’s first major foray into national politics found him on the leftier side, working for Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 22 Nov. 2021 The transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter, marks the streaming giant’s foray into the visual effects industry. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Uber will allow users in Ontario, Canada, to place orders for cannabis on its Uber Eats app, marking the ride-hailing giant’s foray into the booming business, a company spokesperson said on Monday. NBC News, 22 Nov. 2021 Quentin Tarantino’s foray into the world of NFTs hit a major speed bump this week when the production company Miramax filed a lawsuit against the director in California court for selling Pulp Fiction NFTs. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 17 Nov. 2021 This time, we're intrigued by Maude's foray into anal play with its first-ever butt plug, Cone. Karina Hoshikawa,, 9 Nov. 2021 Not long after Johnson announced his two-year deal with Ganassi, Tony Kanaan was signed to run the oval races during the NASCAR veteran's initial IndyCar foray. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though Bakkt’s shifted sharply from its original course, Sprecher’s foray into Bitcoin has already paid off big time. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2021 Even worse, in my opinion, is Rob’s (David Arquette) foray into high school to help his sister, and get a second chance at a baseball career. Anne Cohen,, 8 Oct. 2021 The story — and foray into the mythology of sports legends — doesn't end there. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2021 Republicans took advantage of Sanders’ foray into their states to assail the plan, with conservative activists staging their own small rallies to stoke opposition., 5 Sep. 2021 Just as the brand was an early adopter of the American mezcal craze, Zapata and Cisneros’ foray into the cristalino realm signals a big future for the category. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 But now Weinberg claims Shimon is the first improvising robot to foray into rap, with its distinct stylistic features that pose unique programming challenges. Shi En Kim, Scientific American, 4 Dec. 2020 The Ridgeline is Honda’s first and only foray into trucks, and the vehicle has had a bumpy reception since its debut 15 years ago. Chester Dawson,, 9 Oct. 2020 The recent outbreak has magnified the need for businesses to foray onto the online platforms. Wilfred Sigler, Quartz India, 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of foray


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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English Language Learners Definition of foray

: a sudden invasion or attack : raid
: an attempt to do something especially for the first time
: a short journey

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