ma·​raud | \ mə-ˈrȯd How to pronounce maraud (audio) \
marauded; marauding; marauds

Definition of maraud

intransitive verb

: to roam about and raid in search of plunder a marauding gang of thieves

transitive verb

: raid, pillage Norsemen marauded the country.

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Examples of maraud in a Sentence

just for kicks, bored teenagers marauded neighborhood houses while their owners were away
Recent Examples on the Web These rebel gangs—viewed by the neighboring Egyptians as both a nuisance and a threat—maraud the nearby villages. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 But the herd has defied all social distancing orders, marauding into the seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales several times in the past week. Fox News, "Mountain goats use coronavirus lockdown to take over Welsh town, video shows," 1 Apr. 2020 Shortly after noon on Thursday, Dayna Polehanki, a Michigan state senator, was confronted by armed protesters marauding through the capitol, in Lansing, and demanding an end to the coronavirus lockdown. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Is America’s “One Nation Indivisible” Being Killed Off by the Coronavirus?," 2 May 2020 On Saturday summer evenings, my dad, brother, cousins, Uncle Hans, and I spent countless hours there plinking at marauding rats. Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life, "Hunting Nutria in the Louisiana Bayou," 21 Apr. 2020 Most of the people sharing photos of domineering goats and marauding boars are not expressing a latent death wish. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Rise of the Coronavirus Nature Genre," 17 Apr. 2020 Lloris then watched on as horror as the ball was laid to Philippe Coutinho by marauding full-back Jordi Alba - with the former Liverpool star calmly firing home into a gaping net., "10 of Hugo Lloris' Greatest Goalkeeping Calamities," 30 Sep. 2019 Patience was key in the second half, as Arkadiusz Milik beat the offside trap and with Gollini marauding off his line, the Pole rounded the goalkeeper and slotted into an empty net., "Napoli 2-2 Atalanta: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Carlo Ancelotti Sees Red After More VAR Drama," 30 Oct. 2019 One swarm there was estimated at 100 billion to 200 billion locusts, marauding through 2400 square kilometers. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "In Somalia, an unprecedented effort to kill massive locust swarms with biocontrol," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of maraud

1684, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for maraud

French marauder

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The first known use of maraud was in 1684

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“Maraud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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ma·​raud | \ mə-ˈrȯd How to pronounce maraud (audio) \
marauded; marauding

Kids Definition of maraud

: to roam about and raid in search of things to steal

Other Words from maraud

marauder noun

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