\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Authorities seized roughly 14 pounds of heroin, more than a pound of cocaine and a significant amount of cash in raids of multiple locations throughout Southern California. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "He operated a heroin ring like a pizza delivery service. Now he will serve 235 months in prison.," 9 Sep. 2019 More than a thousand angry protesters late Friday surrounded the Mong Kok police station for a second straight night, demanding accountability over a police raid of the Prince Edward station on Aug. 31. Kin Cheung,, "Protests continue in Hong Kong despite government’s promise to kill a proposed law that sparked months of demonstrations," 6 Sep. 2019 More than a thousand angry protesters late Friday surrounded the Mong Kok police station for a second straight night, demanding accountability over a police raid of the Prince Edward station on Aug. 31. Washington Post, "Protests continue in Hong Kong despite bill’s withdrawal," 6 Sep. 2019 From August 26th-27th 1944, the Royal Air Force conducted a bombardment; an even more ruinous raid of carpetbombing followed two days later. C.g. | Berlin And Kaliningrad, The Economist, "Commemorating the devastation of Königsberg," 29 Aug. 2019 Video of a 2005 police raid of Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach, Fla., mansion reveals a home partially decorated with illicit photos and imagery of young women. Bryan Llenas | Fox News, Fox News, "Video from raid on Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion showed nude images of young women," 29 Aug. 2019 Paige Thompson, 33, was arrested during a raid of her house Monday morning and charged with illegally accessing Capital One’s files. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we like fake stuff on Facebook," 2 Aug. 2019 Epstein was denied bail on July 18; prosecutors argued the wealthy Manhattan financier was a flight risk after a raid of Epstein’s mansion turned up piles of cash, diamonds, and a passport under a different name in a locked safe. Tiffany Diane Tso,, "Jeffrey Epstein Is On Suicide Watch After He Was Found Semi-Conscious In His Jail Cell," 25 July 2019 Trump threats to stage raids of immigrant communities aim to inject fear and terror into those communities, discouraging their residents from seeking legal and medical assistance. Michael Hiltzik,, "The U.S. Holocaust Museum is wrong to deny that Trump’s racism resembles Nazism," 15 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Election monitoring group Golos reported that homes of three of its regional coordinators had been raided. Fox News, "Russia carries out mass raids against supporters of opposition leader Navalny," 12 Sep. 2019 Still, the ranch appears to be the only Epstein property in the U.S. that has not yet been raided by federal agents. Mola Lenghi, CBS News, "What's next for Epstein's Zorro Ranch, where accusers say they were raped and trafficked," 31 Aug. 2019 The owners of a religious boarding school that was once raided in Alabama have been arrested in Baldwin County and transported to Texas to face human trafficking charges. Anna Claire Vollers |, al, "Couple who ran religious boarding school in Alabama arrested for human trafficking," 26 Aug. 2019 Drugstores with easy access to highways have drawn authorities' interest in the past, including two CVS stores in Sanford, Florida, that were raided and shut down by the DEA in 2012. Author: Jordan Heller, Lenny Bernstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Biggest civil trial in U.S. history will start with Ohio counties," 22 July 2019 The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported that the intelligence report—that was not shared publically—indicated that Iran raided the massive oil field with at least a dozen missiles and 20 drones. Fox News, "Trump calls for resignations at NY Times over Kavanaugh story; Netanyahu's challenge in repeat election," 17 Sep. 2019 In more than 50 interviews, residents in a dozen villages in Kashmir told The Associated Press that the military had raided their homes since India’s government imposed a security crackdown in the region Aug. 5. Washington Post, "Kashmiris allege night terror by Indian troops in crackdown," 14 Sep. 2019 Volkov said that all of the Anti-Corruption Foundation’s 45 regional offices had been raided this week — two on Tuesday and the rest on Thursday., "MOSCOW — In a nationwide crackdown to prevent discontent in Moscow from spreading to far-flung regions, Russian security forces Thursday raided and searched hundreds of homes and offices across the country of activists affiliated with opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny.," 13 Sep. 2019 Democrats, deeply unhappy with the White House for raiding $3.6 billion in military construction funds for Trump’s wall, are likely to save that battle until later in the year. Fortune, "Congress Is Back. Here’s What’s on Its To-Do List," 9 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'raid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about raid

Statistics for raid

Last Updated

30 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for raid

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for raid


How to pronounce raid (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on raid

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for raid

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with raid

Spanish Central: Translation of raid

Nglish: Translation of raid for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of raid for Arabic Speakers

Comments on raid

What made you want to look up raid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a calculated move

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!