\ 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

The arrests were part of a raid on properties owned by Peralta, who is not in custody but Rodriguez says police are actively pursuing. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Former Astros closer Octavio Dotel arrested in connection to Dominican Republic drug ring," 20 Aug. 2019 These fears are a reality for many children across America, as United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency conducts raids, most recently at seven food processing plants in six Mississippi cities. NBC News, "Being an undocumented immigrant threw me into a mental health crisis – here's why," 13 Aug. 2019 In April, at least 18 people were arrested in a series of raids by Marshall’s office at Jefferson County gambling facilities. Carol Robinson |, al, "Alabama attorney general agrees to return more than $200,000 to sheriff’s brother after bingo probe," 12 Aug. 2019 Details of the raid contained in documents from the lawsuit were recently made public ahead of the Oct. 21 trial date, revealing gruesome details. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Grisly Findings at Shuttered Body Donor Business Include Head Sewn on Body 'Like Frankenstein': Suit," 26 July 2019 The visit on Monday came the day after ICE was to conduct raids, according to President Donald Trump. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "ICE agents conduct operation at Arab restaurant in Dearborn," 16 July 2019 That led detectives to conduct another raid July 9. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "City files lawsuit to shut down Dallas massage parlor after raid, prostitution arrest," 16 July 2019 Immigration experts have noted that ICE could struggle to conduct widespread raids in a limited time span. Ali Tadayon, The Mercury News, "‘More than anything, it’s just really exhausting’: Threat of ICE raids sparks fear, activism in Bay Area immigrant communities," 11 July 2019 Other Democrats, meanwhile, expressed concern Thursday about the administration’s plan to conduct mass immigration raids on Sunday. Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, "Democrats claim victory as Trump retreats on census citizenship question," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Towing companies were then raided a little over a month after that. Christopher Harress |, al, "Could ‘illegal’ Mobile city law derail towing probe?," 4 Aug. 2019 Asian Massage of Naples had been raided two summers ago by state special agents. USA Today, "Sex trafficking is behind the lucrative illicit massage business. Why police can't stop it.," 30 July 2019 The Phoenix company was raided after a nationwide criminal investigation. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "'Cooler filled with male genitalia' found in raid of Phoenix body-donation company," 19 July 2019 Reznick’s house was raided by federal agents nearly two years ago and his time in Oakley came to an end; the donations dried up., "This top cop ripped apart a Michigan town," 17 July 2019 Homes and offices of Porsche executives were raided on Tuesday, with 10 prosecutors and 176 other personnel participating. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Porsche CEO's Office Raided by German Prosecutors," 29 May 2019 In 2006, Weldon’s home, along with his daughter’s home and the homes of several of political allies, were raided by FBI agents. Katherine Nails,, "Report: Ex-Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Weldon facing scrutiny for ties to Russia - again," 8 June 2018 According to the Times, the president had already been in a bad mood for some time when the FBI raided Cohen’s office at 30 Rock on Monday. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "President Grumpy Pants Uses Food and TV to Make Himself Feel Better," 11 Apr. 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.
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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