\ 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

Threats Threats to wild Asian elephant populations include habitat loss from deforestation and agricultural development, as well as conflict with humans as elephants seek space and raid crops grown close to their forest habitats. National Geographic, "Asian Elephant," 7 July 2019 The volunteers want to stop immigration raids or arrests. San Diego Union-Tribune, "This volunteer patrol warns immigrants if ICE is in their neighborhoods," 6 July 2019 Hispanic leaders said, though, that immigrants here fear of being subjected to raids. Stephen Ruiz,, "Possible immigration raids concern Central Florida Hispanic officials: report," 5 July 2019 This week’s batch of letters caught pastors and immigration activists by surprise, as houses of worship, like hospitals and schools, have generally been excluded from raids. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Ordered Deported, Then Sent a $497,777 Fine From ICE," 4 July 2019 Other raids resulted in 93 other arrests and the seizure of 27 guns. Alejandro Serrano,, "Associate of notorious gang leader Larry Hoover arrested in raid as Chicago police brace for long Fourth of July weekend," 3 July 2019 And Trump doubles down on it despite the growing horror -- child detention, metering, Remain in Mexico, threatened ICE raids. Catherine Kim, Vox, "“People drinking out of toilets”: AOC and other Democrats share details from their Texas border facility tour," 2 July 2019 Pride parades across the country Sunday will celebrate the advances made in LGBTQ rights in the half century since gay patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich village resisted a raid by police. CBS News, "Tim Cook on the work still needed for LGBTQ equality," 30 June 2019 The raids planned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in major cities across the nation were delayed after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Trump says ICE raids will happen after July Fourth holiday 'unless we do something pretty miraculous'," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Federal agents have raided the Far South Side home of Kevin Quinn, a former top political operative for House Speaker Michael Madigan and brother of the 13th Ward alderman, the Tribune has learned. Ray Long,, "FBI raids home of former top Madigan political operative," 26 June 2019 In 2016 the New York Post reported that federal agents raided both Victoria’s Long Island home as well as an auto parts store in Queens run by her sons. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Growing Up Gotti' grandson accused of operating an illegal auto scrap yard in New York," 19 July 2018 But his rage exploded on Monday after federal agents raided the New York home, office and hotel room of Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer. Chris Megerian,, "As Trump vents anger over Russia probe, some senators propose protecting Mueller from getting fired," 11 Apr. 2018 Agents raided the office, home and a Manhattan hotel room of Cohen, the Wall Street Journal reported. Fortune, "Trump Erupts Over Mueller Investigation After FBI Raid on His Longtime Lawyer," 10 Apr. 2018 Today wasn’t exactly the slowest of news days: A sitting senator gave birth while in office for the first time ever, the Bill Cosby retrial started, and FBI agents raided the home and office of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Why Is Tucker Carlson Talking About ‘Sex-Crazed’ Pandas?," 9 Apr. 2018 Fogle was charged in federal court in Indiana after police and FBI agents raided his home in Zionsville on July 7, 2015. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle suing federal authorities for $57 million," 6 Apr. 2018 On June 28, 1969, gay residents of Greenwich Village, rioted outside Stonewall Inn after police raided the bar, which was Mob-owned but a gay hangout. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Joe Biden visits New York City's Stonewall Inn ahead of 50th anniversary of uprising," 18 June 2019 Half-a-century ago, riots broke out in New York’s Greenwich Village after police raided a gay bar. Catharine Hamm,, "Escapes: The joy of uninvited guests who come along for the ride," 13 June 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


\ 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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