\ 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 The leak was the target of a police raid on ABC headquarters in Sydney in June. Washington Post, "Australian whistleblower to represent himself at trial," 7 Nov. 2019 The raid on Long Island involved dozens of investigators seen hauling away containers of equipment. NBC News, "Feds raid New York tech firm suspected of selling Chinese equipment to the U.S. military," 7 Nov. 2019 Of the seven, six were arrested Thursday morning as federal agents conducted a raid on the firm, NBC New York first reported. Fox News, "New York tech firm sold Chinese equipment with 'made in USA' labels to American government: prosecutors," 7 Nov. 2019 Following raids on the homes of Jones and his predecessor Dennis Williams as well as other locations, a source told the Free Press Jones is the Official A referenced in federal charging documents. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Latest corruption charge points to alleged embezzlement by UAW president," 31 Oct. 2019 The dog, a Belgian Malinois, was sent into a tunnel to subdue al-Baghdadi during the early-morning raid on a compound in Syria. Stefan Becket, CBS News, "Trump tweets "declassified" photo of heroic dog wounded in al-Baghdadi raid," 28 Oct. 2019 Hence the raid on the state forest division’s financial reserves to prop up agency operations. oregonlive, "Failing forestry: Oregon’s forestry department is on an unsustainable path," 20 Oct. 2019 Seattle police last month conducted a raid on a Sammamish home that recovered some 12,000 fentanyl pills, along with other drugs including amphetamines and MDMA, as well as weapons and cash. Anchorage Daily News, "Warning issued after at least 3 high schoolers around Seattle die from fentanyl-laced pills," 7 Oct. 2019 Capone and his buddies could either leave the hotel through a docked boat in the back, or by using a getaway car in the front if there were ever a police raid. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Could Be the Owner of a Famous Mississippi Hotel That Elvis Frequented," 1 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In August, the FBI raided the suburban Detroit home of UAW President Gary Jones. Tom Krisher, Anchorage Daily News, "GM and union reach tentative deal that could end monthlong strike," 16 Oct. 2019 Fans can expect to virtually raid her closet, which features Proenza Schouler, MSGM, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen. Nadia Neophytou, The Hollywood Reporter, "800 Wardrobe Items From 'Schitt's Creek' Go on Sale This Week," 1 Oct. 2019 Instead, Boot denounces white-grievance politics (a politics well worth denouncing) while simultaneously granting other grievance groups a blank check to raid the expansive store of imputed guilt and collective punishment. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Max Boot Fans the Flames of Racial Hatred," 12 Aug. 2019 Then in 2017, federal agents raided his home in Swartz Creek and another location, seizing property, including guns, bags of cash and, documents and hard drives., "This top cop ripped apart a Michigan town," 17 July 2019 There was footage of shorebirds, taken before the crows arrived and learned to raid nests, and footage of the cats that once lived in the rafters of Larry’s boat. Joe Kloc, Harper's magazine, "Lost at Sea," 10 June 2019 One day earlier, Australian police raided the home of News Corp Australia editor Annika Smethurst as part of a leak investigation. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Australia’s Media Raids and the Decline of Press Freedom Worldwide," 6 June 2019 Scott Olson/Getty Images On Thursday morning, FBI agents raided the City Hall office of Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, a powerful figure in Illinois state politics and a former property tax attorney for Donald Trump. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Ed Burke represented Trump on property tax issues between 2006 and 2018.," 29 Nov. 2018 In April, the FBI raided his office and a hotel room to collect an extensive array of documents from him. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Michael Cohen's Requests for Trump to Pay His Legal Fees Fall on Deaf Ears," 20 June 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of raid was in the 15th century

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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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