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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just for kicks, bored teenagers marauded neighborhood houses while their owners were away
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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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7 Feb 2020

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“Maraud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 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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