raid

noun
\ˈrād \

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

raid

verb
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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Examples of raid in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

More than 50 people were reportedly been shot in May after authorities launched anti-narcotics raids. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Sri Lanka Will Start Hanging Its Drug Dealers to 'Replicate the Success of Philippines'," 12 July 2018 Madrid are also thought to be planning raids for Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lukaku's international teammate Eden Hazard. SI.com, "Spanish Report Claims Madrid are Eyeing Sensational Gareth Bale Swap for Prolific Man Utd Forward," 8 July 2018 Police in Texas made a disturbing discovery during a drug raid in San Antonio. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Drug raid leads police to baby’s body in trunk," 5 July 2018 Castleman led a raid to free Confederate soldiers from Camp Morton, Indiana before he was captured and imprisoned. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Mayor should yank statue of ex-Confederate soldier, councilman says," 2 July 2018 Society at that time had a pervasively intolerant view of homosexuality, so these raids were acceptable and not questioned by the public. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 12 June 2018 At least three mayors accused by his administration of involvement in the drug trade had been killed in raids by or clashes with the police. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Philippine mayor killed a day after another was gunned down," 3 July 2018 In recent raids, sheriff’s deputies shut down other weed retailers including one in a trailer near an elementary school, and another in a building on Thibodo Road that once housed a sheriff’s substation. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vista approves city-sponsored pot measures for November ballot," 14 June 2018 Rowe remained in the Fulton County jail Wednesday on multiple drug charges in the Monday afternoon raid at Alexandria Landing apartments on Godby Road. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "UPDATE: Atlanta officer suspended after arrest in $30K drug raid," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Houston police raided a stash house in 2014 that had 115 people inside, including children as young as 5, with no hot water and just one toilet. Nicholas Kulish, The Seattle Times, "Human smuggling cat-and-mouse game plays out beyond the U.S.-Mexico border," 9 July 2018 May 15, 2003 In May 2003, the FBI raided offices of three San Diego councilmen and adult nightclubs in San Diego and Las Vegas. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 15, 2003: FBI RAIDS CITY HALL," 15 May 2018 As a result of the findings, an LAPD task forced raided 21 Fashion District shops, seizing a whopping $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics, a stunning reflection of the steadily growing problem. Marci Robin, Allure, "Los Angeles Police Seized Counterfeit Cosmetics Containing Animal Feces," 16 Apr. 2018 Another thing Barlow remembers is talking to the carloads of reporters who accompanied the raiding party. John D'anna, azcentral, "Think child separations are unprecedented? Here are 3 heartbreaking examples from history," 21 June 2018 Joyce, who is facing 113 counts including racketeering and extortion charges, has reached an agreement to sell the 4,900-square-foot office authorities raided in 2016 as part of their investigation into the former Milton Democrat. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "In need of cash, Brian Joyce sells office — with help from his wife," 4 June 2018 Police raided William Scott’s club twice in 1966 and again in June 1967, when the vice squad arrested 28 people on misdemeanors. Detroit Free Press, "He helped start 1967 Detroit riot, now his son struggles with the legacy," 15 May 2018 That also ties Trump’s business, the Trump Organization, to the broader federal investigation into Cohen, whose office and home the FBI raided in April. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Report: Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels payout months before denying it," 5 May 2018 This claim follows Bornstein’s allegations earlier today that members of Trump’s team raided his office in February 2017 — which the doctor compared to being raped — and seized all of the president’s medical records. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "How Surprising, Donald Trump Reportedly Dictated His Positive Health Report," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of raid

Noun

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

Verb

1848, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for raid

Noun

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

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raid

noun

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.

: an act of going into a place (such as a bank) in order to steal something

raid

verb

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

raid

noun
\ˈrād \

Kids Definition of raid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden attack or invasion

raid

verb
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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