\ 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

But drive out into the rural hinterland and residents in village after village narrate horrors of regular nightly raids by Indian army soldiers. Washington Post, "Kashmiris allege night terror by Indian troops in crackdown," 14 Sep. 2019 One day after raids by the FBI in July, Garcetti pushed out DWP general manager David Wright, while three other DWP employees stepped down. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, "DWP, reeling from scandals and FBI raids, gets a new watchdog office," 13 Sep. 2019 More than 200 raids were carried out, from Vladivostok on the Pacific to Krasnodar in Russia’s south, according to Navalny's close allies. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Thanks to a drone, Russian activist saves sensitive hard drive right before police raid," 13 Sep. 2019 After a massive workplace ICE raid in Mississippi in early August in which 680 immigrants were arrested, dozens of clergy members in Alabama vowed in a letter to make their churches places of sanctuary for immigrants. Elizabeth King, Allure, "These Immigration Activists Prove On-the-Ground Support Is Crucial Amid Ongoing ICE Raids," 12 Sep. 2019 After his family was deported due to an ICE raid in his home sparked by Bryce's dad's anger at him for testifying against him in season 2, Tony was left all alone and had to find a way to provide for his family who now lived in Mexico. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here's Why Tony Padilla Might Go to Jail in "13 Reasons Why" Season 4," 4 Sep. 2019 In addition to the radio-topping version featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X has also released versions with BTS member RM, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, and even an Area 51 raid version. Ashley Boucher,, "Lil Nas X Invites Joe Jonas on 'Panini' Remix as Jonas Says His 'Old Town Road' Remix Was Overlooked," 27 Aug. 2019 The actress has long been one of the voices for the Latinx community, and recently signed an open letter in support of the community after the mass shooting in El Paso and recent ICE raids. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Eva Longoria lands directing gig for 'Flamin' Hot Cheetos' biopic," 27 Aug. 2019 Other studies reported similar results after large-scale immigration raids. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Tax on the National Psyche," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among those raided were Sergei Boyko, who came in second with nearly 20% of the vote in the mayoral election in Russia’s third-largest city of Novosibirsk last Sunday. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Thanks to a drone, Russian activist saves sensitive hard drive right before police raid," 13 Sep. 2019 Mr Jones has endured intense scrutiny since federal investigators in late August raided his home, those of former bosses and a union resort in Michigan. The Economist, "Beleaguered unions seek members beyond the factory floor," 12 Sep. 2019 The record European champions splashed over €300m on new players ahead of the 2019/20 season, most notably making Eden Hazard their marquee arrival just one year after raiding Chelsea to sign Thibaut Courtois., "Real Madrid Target N'Golo Kante as Zinedine Zidane Searches for Los Blancos' Missing Link," 12 Sep. 2019 The case soon made international headlines, spurred in part by video from the family's security camera that showed police, with guns drawn, raiding their home. John D'anna, Arizona Republic, "A judge ruled The Republic had violated a court order in a controversial DCS case. Now, he has reversed that ruling," 12 Sep. 2019 The Lacandon had been trading with but also attacking and raiding Spanish-allied Maya towns for decades, and perhaps the leader had had enough. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 After raiding the drugstore for over-the-counter treatments with little success, my mom finally took me to a dermatologist at the start of my junior year. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "9 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting Accutane," 28 Aug. 2019 Santa Fe, New Mexico — Days after disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein apparently hanged himself in jail, agents raided his private resort in the Virgin Islands. Mola Lenghi, CBS News, "Epstein's New Mexico ranch still hasn't been raided by federal agents," 21 Aug. 2019 They’re being raided by immigration [officials], their children feel unsafe in this country. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Edwidge Danticat's 'Everything Inside' Is All About Love, Community, and Family," 26 Aug. 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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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