\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


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

Last week’s raid was expected to be discussed at a multiday meeting of Deutsche Bank’s supervisory board ending Thursday, according to people close to the bank. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank Defends Itself With Stock Near All-Time Low," 6 Dec. 2018 The raids are related to the Panama Papers, a huge trove of documents exposing a global web of money laundering and tax evasion that were leaked in 2016. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Deutsche Bank’s German office raids (apparently) have nothing to do with Trump," 30 Nov. 2018 The opening whisks you from a nighttime raid to a desert ambush and huge aerial battle. T.c. Sottek, The Verge, "Battlefield V’s single-player stories are the right way to do war games," 20 Nov. 2018 By this time, local men who escaped the raid began emerging from the forest around Tche to look for survivors. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 Since the raid, he's dropped more than 100 pounds (thanks to weight loss surgery) and become engaged. Becky Bracken, Real Estate News and Advice |®, "'Pawn Stars' Star Chumlee Cuts Price on His Las Vegas Party Pad," 2 Oct. 2018 Allied World War II bombing raids sent shockwaves to the edge of space, scientists say. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Kavanaugh, Ford face the hot seat in Supreme battle; Kavanaugh a victim of mistaken identity?," 28 Sep. 2018 Police raids and the fate of his liquor license were constant worries during those early years in Dayton. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 The Battle of Midway took place between June 4 and 7, 1942, and pitted Japanese admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, architect of the raid on Pearl Harbor, against U.S. Navy admiral Chester Nimitz. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Director of “Independence Day” is Taking on the Battle of Midway," 29 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

See: Epic Birds 1 / 32 View Images The flamingos live in an open-air enclosure, which by its nature can be infiltrated by aerial predators like hawks that wouldn’t hesitate to raid a flamingo nest. National Geographic, "What Does It Take to Raise a Flamingo?," 25 June 2018 The three modest bedrooms can accommodate a total of six guests and we’re given cart blanche to raid the fridge for leftovers at midnight and help ourselves to wine. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Can Now Learn To Cook at Julia Child's Provençal Home," 26 Apr. 2018 Sonag's offices have been raided twice and authorities have seized $2.2 million and a 2014 Corvette that the federal government said was purchased by a Ganos entity. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Indictment accuses Brian Ganos, Sonag of $200 million scheme to win federal contracts," 4 Apr. 2018 Several ramshackle homes, known drug dens for some time, according to police, were raided in the sweep. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Texas meth, heroin ring included the Aryan Brotherhood and a chicken joint, police say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Feb. 2018 And the rising costs of fighting fires has led the Park Service to regularly raid its $600 million budget for forest management. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "California’s wildfire risk is rising. Congress missed a chance to help.," 7 Feb. 2018 Even after a site has been raided, growers can return. Johnny Magdaleno, Newsweek, "Mexican Drug Cartels May Use Legal Marijuana to Increase Their Presence in Northern California," 10 Jan. 2018 Dad needs to go inside and raid the mac ’n’ cheese. 4. Jason Gay, WSJ, "27 More Rules of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football," 19 Nov. 2018 Rajesh Kalia, an army spokesman, said the troops raided a village in the area on a tip that some militants were hiding there, leading to exchange of gunfire. Fox News, "Clashes erupt around Kashmir after Indian troops kill man," 27 Sep. 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.

: 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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