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 Eventually the marauding Republicans left, holding another press conference on the way out. Laurie Kellman,, "What’s a SCIF? It’s a hot, sweaty and secret room at the center of the House impeachment inquiry.," 8 Nov. 2019 This arson was part of a collective nervous breakdown in Chile, ranging from peaceful protests demanding a fairer and less unequal society, to nightly looting of supermarkets and feral criminality, with marauding delinquents robbing homes. The Economist, "Days and nights of rage in Chile," 24 Oct. 2019 Unchecked, the starfish’s barnacle prey went wild — only to then be devoured by marauding mussels. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "The Top 10 Science Experiments of All Time," 10 Oct. 2019 Imprisoned within the Great Wall of China, a mercenary warrior joins forces with an elite army to battle an onslaught of marauding monsters. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Lion country The Serengeti is one of the world’s greatest lion lairs, with around 2,800 beastly kings marauding about the 5,700-square-mile park. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wild time on a Serengeti safari," 11 Sep. 2019 The England speedster chipped in with six assists last season, marauding forward to pen opposition full-backs deep into their own half., "João Cancelo: 5 Reasons Why Manchester City's New Full-Back Is the Perfect Etihad Addition," 11 Aug. 2019 And yet, millions of marauding wild pigs have invaded large swaths of the southern U.S., eviscerating crops, gobbling up endangered sea turtles and trampling archaeological sites in a rampage showing no signs of letting up., "Think 30-50 feral hogs is a joke? Millions more are rampaging across the country.," 6 Aug. 2019 His efforts to stoke similar cultural and racial resentments during the 2018 midterm elections with fears of marauding immigrant caravans backfired as his party lost control of the House. New York Times, "Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here," 16 July 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of maraud was in 1684

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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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