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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The museum also has a gun from Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes’s conquest of Mexico and the sloop Kearsarge’s sternpost with a shell embedded from its 1864 fight with the Confederate raider Alabama off the French coast. Washington Post, "Navy announces plans for new flagship museum in Washington," 13 Oct. 2020 Another raider died from beriberi while in captivity. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘Last Mission to Tokyo’ Review: Torture on Trial," 2 Oct. 2020 Nothing would bolster her confidence — and the prospects for her trade — more than if the billionaire and onetime corporate raider backed her up. Kate Kelly,, "How hedge funds profited off the pain of malls," 24 Aug. 2020 Semmes, during the Civil War, captained the CSS Alabama and operated as a commerce raider who roamed the high seas intercepting cargo ships that might be carrying goods for the U.S. al, "Alabama AG Steve Marshall asks Mobile to clarify reason behind Confederate monument removal," 9 June 2020 Güiñas also kill poultry if given a chance, and their reputation as henhouse raiders provokes farmers to kill them sometimes, says Jim Sanderson, who did his Ph.D. research on güiñas in Chile in 1997. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 15 May 2020 In the mythology of Borderlands, these raiders arrive on the planet Pandora, which has been abandoned by a massive corporation. Nick Romano,, "Cate Blanchett in talks to star in Eli Roth's Borderlands movie," 5 May 2020 As Eivor, a Viking raider, players will lead their people to the shores of a hostile England and the volatile kings who rule it. Nick Romano,, "Xbox Series X game trailers revealed: Assassin's Creed, psychological horror, and more," 7 May 2020 In April of 1865, Waldo Covered Bridge was a strategic Civil War structure used by Union Gen. James H. Wilson to get his raiders through the area, according to legend. Kelly Kazek |, al, "The story behind Alabama’s second oldest covered bridge," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of raider

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Raider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of raider

: a person who suddenly and unexpectedly attacks a place or group
: a person who enters a place in order to steal or take something
: a person who tries to take control of a business by buying a lot of its stock



Legal Definition of raider

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

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