\ ˈrād How to pronounce raid (audio) \

Definition of raid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a hostile or predatory incursion
b : a surprise attack by a small force
2a : a brief foray outside one's usual sphere
b : a sudden invasion by officers of the law
c : a daring operation against a competitor
d : the recruiting of personnel (such as faculty, executives, or athletes) from competing organizations
3 : the act of mulcting public money
4 : an attempt by professional operators to depress stock prices by concerted selling


raided; raiding; raids

Definition of raid (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to conduct or take part in a raid

transitive verb

: to make a raid on

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Synonyms for raid

Synonyms: Noun

descent, foray, incursion, inroad, invasion, irruption

Synonyms: Verb

foray (into), invade, overrun

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Examples of raid in a Sentence


They launched a raid against the enemy. Weapons were also seized during the drug raid. They caught five smugglers in the raid.


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a paper published in Annales Geophysicae, University of Reading researchers in the United Kingdom looked back at radio evidence from the 1940s to study how bombing raids in Europe might have affected radio transmissions. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "World War II Bombs Sent Shockwaves Into Space," 26 Sep. 2018 Bin Laden was killed in May 2011 during a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan ordered by President Barack Obama. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Steel column recovered from Ground Zero finds new home at CIA memorial," 11 Sep. 2018 The Trump Organization CFO’s cooperation is the latest twist in the Manhattan US attorney’s office’s prosecution of Cohen, which began with an FBI raid in April. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, gets immunity deal," 24 Aug. 2018 Just over three years ago, the United States Department of Justice shocked the world by initiating a pre-dawn raid in Zurich, and arresting several international soccer officials. Ken Bensinger, Time, "Why the Most Compelling Drama at the World Cup Might Be Off the Field," 14 June 2018 The six-day riot and violent protests were sparked by a police raid in a gay club, Stonewall Inn, in New York City. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "What does LGBTQIA mean? And more answers to your Pride Month questions," 11 June 2018 Some 15,000 people have been arrested in nationwide raids in just the past three weeks, Sahely Ferdous, Bangladesh Police told CNN. Swati Gupta And Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "Bangladesh defends war on drugs as body count mounts," 8 June 2018 Also in 2017, U.S. forces continued their counterterrorism campaign in Yemen, where a deadly raid in January 2017 left a Navy SEAL dead and, according to Yemeni villagers, killed dozens of civilians. Missy Ryan,, "U.S. military killed 500 civilians in 2017, Pentagon says, but watchdog groups say number far higher," 1 June 2018 The sheriff was allowed to resign in January 2017 after an FBI raid on his office in September 2016. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Ohio Sheriff Indicted on Federal Charges After Pocketing Nearly $100,000 in Bribes From Drug Dealers," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But one thing is clear: raiding your pops’s wardrobe may just result in some fruitful finds. Vogue, "Forget Dad Sneakers—Kendall Jenner Is Doing the Dad Jacket," 8 May 2019 Further Reading Cambridge Analytica’s London offices raided by British investigators A member of the UK parliament who recently ordered the seizure of a cache of internal Facebook documents has shown no signs of backing down. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Six4Three exec “panicked” in UK MP’s office, gave up Facebook internal files," 27 Nov. 2018 President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday morning via Twitter over news that his attorney Michael Cohen's office and home was raided by federal agents. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Rand Paul backs President Trump, saying Robert Mueller 'abused his authority' with FBI raid," 10 Apr. 2018 No, not the Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer whose offices were raided on Monday by FBI agents. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Please stop tweeting at sportswriter Michael Cohen, he's not Donald Trump's lawyer," 10 Apr. 2018 His office was raided on the same day the FBI arrested 10 men, including four assistant coaches, in late September. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "ESPN report: FBI investigation could show dozens of basketball teams broke NCAA rules," 15 Feb. 2018 On the Spot Acne Treatment has been in my beauty arsenal since freshman year of high school, after raiding my sister’s room for something—anything—to quickly get rid of a zit before the next school day. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I’ve Literally Used This Pimple Cream for Years and Don’t Plan on Stopping Now," 14 Apr. 2019 June 15, 2015 Police agencies in Waukesha County, Wisconsin raided Godejohn’s family’s home in Big Bend, and took Gypsy and Godejohn into custody on charges of murder and felony armed criminal action. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of Dee Dee Blanchard's Murder and Gypsy Blanchard's Trial," 3 Apr. 2019 The 10 people who allegedly raided the embassy in Madrid belong to a mysterious dissident organization that styles itself as a government-in-exile dedicated to toppling the ruling Kim family dynasty. Eric Talmadge, The Seattle Times, "N. Korea calls for investigation into Madrid embassy attack," 31 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of raid


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


1848, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for raid


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

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English Language Learners Definition of raid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a surprise attack on an enemy by soldiers or other military forces
: an occurrence in which police suddenly enter a place in a forceful way to find criminals, illegal drugs, etc.
chiefly British : an act of going into a place (such as a bank) in order to steal something



English Language Learners Definition of raid (Entry 2 of 2)

: to attack (a place or group) in a sudden and unexpected way
: to enter (a place) suddenly in a forceful way in order to look for someone or something
: to enter (a place) in order to steal or take something


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Kids Definition of raid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden attack or invasion


raided; raiding

Kids Definition of raid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to enter (a place) to look for something or someone or to steal or take something Let's raid the cookie jar.
2 : to make a sudden attack

Other Words from raid

raider noun

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a strong desire or propensity

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