\ 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

My ex-fiancé helped orchestrate the raid on Osama bin Laden. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 The family points out that Jackson was subjected to a thorough investigation that included a surprise raid of his home, the Neverland Ranch, but was still acquitted at his criminal trial in 2005, in a case involving another young man. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "Michael Jackson family condemns new documentary on accusers," 29 Jan. 2019 Company officials, spooked by the raids, brought in Mr. Barr. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Trump’s Attorney General Pick Earned a Reputation as a Fighter in the Corporate World," 6 Jan. 2019 Nukes, which can be thought of as Fallout 76’s version of raids, are not easy to facilitate. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fallout 76’s first end-game nuke launches, starts apocalyptic battle," 15 Nov. 2018 But Ohio State, Michigan and Oklahoma have all executed multiple successful raids. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "The Pac-12 is at risk of losing its recruiting foothold on the West Coast, and Alabama smells blood," 7 Jan. 2019 Although the tiara heist sounds like a cut scene from Ocean's 8, this isn't the only royal jewelry raid of the year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Royal Tiara Was Stolen Like a Real-Life Ocean's 11 Movie," 27 Nov. 2018 The game rolled out a new feature called raids in 2017, where multiple players must team up to catch rare Pokemon. Ally Marotti,, "Pokemon Go Fest is back and ready for the crowds after disappointing thousands last year," 12 July 2018 The trove has a colorful history, having been obtained in a hotel-room raid on a visiting businessman that may or may not have been coordinated by a crusading anti-Facebook journalist, who has stubbornly refused to comment on the matter. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

He and his wife were barred from leaving the country and grilled by anti-graft officials, and their properties were raided. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "Malaysian ex-PM Najib combative ahead of 1MDB graft trial," 11 Feb. 2019 No charges have been filed against the owners of the Midwest Precast Concrete plant in Mount Pleasant that was raided. New York Times, "An ICE Raid Leaves an Iowa Town Divided Along Faith Lines," 3 July 2018 The signs that Cohen may flip date back months, to shortly after he was raided by federal investigators. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Michael Cohen to Trump: I will flip on you," 2 July 2018 Since early April, when Cohen's home and office were raided, Cohen has faced the pressure of an intense investigation into possible bank fraud charges in the Southern District of New York. Jeff Pegues, CBS News, "Exclusive: Michael Cohen believes Trump and his allies are turning on him," 14 June 2018 The following day three more houses were raided resulting in the discovery of 109 undocumented immigrants, according to a press release. USA TODAY, "Agents raid Texas 'stash house' and find 62 undocumented immigrants, says border patrol," 14 June 2018 The scrutiny of the payments could add to the legal troubles for Cohen, whose home and office were raided last month as part of a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. Kara Scannell And Shimon Prokupecz, CNN, "Exclusive: Mueller's team questions Russian oligarch about payments to Cohen," 8 May 2018 Trump has been mulling it for weeks, moving away from the idea after the home, offices, and hotel room of Cohen were raided this month. Washington Post,, "Giuliani says he is joining Trump’s legal team to ‘negotiate an end’ to Mueller probe," 20 Apr. 2018 For the first time in years, the Senate budget calls for keeping intact the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund, a pot of money to help developers build affording homes that has been regularly raided since 2003 to help balance the overall budget. Dan Sweeney,, "What's in the state budget for you ... and what's not," 2 Feb. 2018

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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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