raid·​er | \ ˈrā-dər How to pronounce raider (audio) \

Definition of raider

: one that raids: such as
a : a fast lightly armed ship operating against merchant shipping
b : a soldier specially trained for close-range fighting
c : one that attempts a usually hostile takeover of a business corporation corporate raiders

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Examples of raider in a Sentence

The village needs protection from enemy raiders. Raiders had emptied the tomb of treasure. He made his fortune as a corporate raider.
Recent Examples on the Web The notorious southern commerce raider, CSS Florida, was built in England as a merchant ship called Oreto. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 8 June 2022 The wealthy investor has a reputation on Wall Street as a corporate raider, pushing companies to make drastic changes, such as restructuring, spinning off businesses or pursuing a merger or acquisition, in order to provide better value to investors. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 2 June 2022 Some on both sides have suggested that Mosby Woods rebrand itself by changing its name altogether and shedding the Confederate raider on its logo, giving the less-obviously Confederate street names a chance to take on new connotations. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 15 May 2022 The actress also didn’t want to simply portray a colorblind version of that other famous tomb raider, Lara Croft. ELLE, 21 Apr. 2022 In that case, the court found directors at cosmetics maker Revlon acted out of their legal obligation to shareholders to seek out other bidders when confronted with a hostile takeover offer by corporate raider Ronald Perelman. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 The story follows a business arrangement that blossoms into love between corporate raider Edward Lewis and Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward, famously played by Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in the movie. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 7 Apr. 2022 When Romney was running to deprive Obama of a second White House term in 2012, Democrats lambasted the Republican nominee and former venture capitalist as a heartless corporate raider with no soul. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 Carl Icahn's reputation as a ruthless corporate raider may be at risk as the billionaire mogul takes on the world's biggest fast-food chain over the treatment of pigs that end up in the U.S. pork supply. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of raider

1861, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jun 2022

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“Raider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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Legal Definition of raider

: one that attempts a usually hostile takeover of a business corporation — compare white knight

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