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: a hostile or predatory incursion
: a surprise attack by a small force
: a brief foray outside one's usual sphere
: a sudden invasion by officers of the law
: a daring operation against a competitor
: the recruiting of personnel (such as faculty, executives, or athletes) from competing organizations
: the act of mulcting public money
: an attempt by professional operators to depress stock prices by concerted selling


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raided; raiding; raids

intransitive verb

: to conduct or take part in a raid

transitive verb

: to make a raid on

Example Sentences

Noun They launched a raid against the enemy. Weapons were also seized during the drug raid. They caught five smugglers in the raid. Verb The village was raided often by neighboring tribes. Police raided the house and found drugs. Federal agents raided the warehouse, seizing stolen property and arresting five smugglers. She raided her sister's closet to find something to wear to the party. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Deputies seized marijuana and over $5,000 in cash during the raid, but no charges were filed. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 6 Jan. 2023 This is not the first time the city has come under attack during a raid to capture Ovidio Guzmán. Anne Laurent, ABC News, 5 Jan. 2023 On Thursday, Israeli forces shot 16-year-old Amer Abu Zaytoon during a raid on Nablus in the West Bank. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 5 Jan. 2023 Smith was named to oversee the criminal investigation into documents obtained during a raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence. Fox News, 2 Jan. 2023 An Egyptian surgeon who became a mastermind of jihad against the West and who took over as al-Qaida leader after Osama bin Laden’s death in a U.S. raid. Bernard Mcghee, al, 31 Dec. 2022 In March 1945, a U.S. bombing raid devastated Tokyo. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Dec. 2022 Little had been known about al-Qurayshi, who took over the group's leadership after the death of his predecessor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, in a U.S. raid in February in northwest Syria. Arkansas Online, 1 Dec. 2022 The previous leader of Islamic State, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, killed himself days later during a U.S. commando raid in Idlib province in northwestern Syria, in an operation announced by President Biden. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 30 Nov. 2022
Crosby suffered from decades of addiction, which in 1982 compelled Dallas police to raid his dressing room at Cardi’s, a now-defunct nightclub at Medallion Center. Dallas News, 19 Jan. 2023 Two days after the arrests, Ms. Metsola was told she was bound by local law to be physically present in order for the Belgian police to raid the home of another European lawmaker implicated in the case who was a Belgian citizen. Matina Stevis-gridneff, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2023 More important, there's a whole mass of would-be gamers out there who want nothing more than to raid some dungeons or fight robot armies, but are stuck with connections that limit them to local play. PCMAG, 19 Dec. 2022 Go fancy schmancy here with Marcona almonds, or raid your Costco tub of mixed nuts. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 1 Nov. 2022 The top-notch editing continued as viewers were put in the place of the tribes themselves wondering which beach Cody would raid. Dalton Ross,, 13 Oct. 2022 For dressing ideas, raid the fridge or make something new — try a lemony Dijon for brightness or a maple tahini version that’s nutty and sweet. Casey Barber, CNN, 25 Nov. 2022 Scavengers frequently raid animal carcasses, targeting the nutrient-rich internal organs and abandoning the scraps — the skin and skeletons — of deceased animals. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 Already, one man covered himself in cosplay battle rattle and headed to try to raid the FBI field office in Cincinnati over the weekend. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English (Scots) rade, from Old English rād ride, raid — more at road

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1848, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of raid was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Raid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a sudden attack or invasion


2 of 2 verb
: to make a raid on
raider noun

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