\ 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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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 Two of the officers who reached out to Shively police were involved in the raid that night, including Sgt. NBC News, "Louisville police collected negative info about Breonna Taylor's boyfriend after fatal shooting," 9 Oct. 2020 Rose narrowly escapes the ICE raid and is left distraught and alone. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "In ‘Yellow Rose,’ a Filipina singer with heart," 9 Oct. 2020 According to the Counter-Terrorism Department, the two men were captured in a raid from a remote village in Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province. Chronicle News Services,, "News of the Day From Around the World," 8 Oct. 2020 Rose narrowly escapes the ICE raid, and is left distraught and alone. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Review: A Filipina singer with heart in 'Yellow Rose'," 8 Oct. 2020 The new Louisville police chief is continuing her investigation of the deadly raid, which could result in disciplinary actions or firings. CBS News, "Louisville police release body camera videos showing night Breonna Taylor was killed: "My girlfriend's dead"," 8 Oct. 2020 Details of the chaos and confusion during the raid that resulted in Taylor’s death were revealed in hours of audio recordings recently released by Cameron's office. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Breonna Taylor death: Louisville police documents shine light into investigation details," 8 Oct. 2020 Jaynes told investigators that Mattingly had relayed to him prior to the raid that no suspicious packages had arrived at the address, but ordinary packages had. Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, "There were conflicting accounts about packages sent to Breonna Taylor's address before fatal raid, documents say," 8 Oct. 2020 Glover, who was arrested in a different drug raid the same night Taylor was killed, has denied Taylor had anything to do with the drug trade. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "'We all had a hand in this': Louisville cop who got Breonna Taylor warrant in the hot seat," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Taylor, 26, an emergency room technician, was killed after midnight on March 13 when officers used a battering ram to raid her apartment seeking evidence in a narcotics investigation. NBC News, "Louisville police collected negative info about Breonna Taylor's boyfriend after fatal shooting," 9 Oct. 2020 Representatives in both parties panicked that Newsom was about to raid funding for their roads and highways, especially in the car-dependent Central Valley. Taylor Kate Brown,, "MicroClimates: ‘A climate damn emergency’ — is Gov. Newsom acting like it?," 22 Sep. 2020 Since it’s a bit harder to raid the office supply closet than usual this year, the sale is a great time to load up on supplies that will keep you motivated and well-stocked for the work and school days ahead. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Save on home, work and learning essentials at Amazon’s Big Fall Sale," 21 Sep. 2020 Bring your food or raid the pantry, which offers such staples as pasta, soup, oatmeal, coffee, tea and beef jerky, for a charge. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "With no contact and substantial space, Getaway’s tiny houses were ahead of their time," 11 Sep. 2020 The goal is to not raid your retirement savings early. Carla Fried, Star Tribune, "Stopping work to care for elderly parents could cost you $800,000-plus," 29 Aug. 2020 The lucky guests will also get to raid Smith’s closet for some iconic clothes, ranging in styles from typical Bel-Air prep to his fly street style, including a fresh pair of Air Jordans. Travel + Leisure, "Will Smith Is Turning the 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Mansion Into an Airbnb for 5 Nights Only," 13 Sep. 2020 Mayor London Breed criticizes the Board of Supervisors’ plan to raid reserves to close a $1.5 billion deficit. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Hotels sheltering wildfire evacuees — and a bird or two," 28 Aug. 2020 Get ready to raid your pantry and open some bottles with me on Sept. 9 over Zoom. Esther Mobley,, "What does it mean for a wine to taste like it's 'supposed to'?," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Raid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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


\ ˈrād How to pronounce raid (audio) \

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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