\ 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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 In a Wednesday Facebook post, Tamika Palmer gave credit to family, friends and local community activists for supporting her family after her 26-year-old daughter was killed during a botched police drug raid last year. Fox News, "Breonna Taylor's mother slams BLM Louisville as 'fraud,' says 'it's amazing how many people have lost focus'," 17 Apr. 2021 One of the Louisville police officers who shot at 26-year-old Breonna Taylor during a drug raid that left her dead last year is writing a book to give his account of the tragic night. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Louisville police officer writing book to give 'inside story' on Breonna Taylor case," 15 Apr. 2021 Taylor’s front door was breached by Louisville officers as part of a drug raid in the early morning hours of March 13, 2020. Carlos Lozano, Los Angeles Times, "Police and protesters clash in Hollywood after march on anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death," 14 Mar. 2021 Taylor’s front door was breached by Louisville officers as part of a drug raid in the early morning hours of March 13, 2020. Piper Hudspeth Blackburn,, "Breonna Taylor’s family honors her legacy and calls for justice on the one-year anniversary of her death," 13 Mar. 2021 Twelve people, including two juveniles, were arrested during a drug raid in Pell City. Carol Robinson |, al, "Drug bust on Miracle Street: 12 arrested including 2 juveniles," 2 Mar. 2021 The 26-year-old emergency medical technician was killed during a police drug raid after officers with a no-knock warrant broke down her front door. NBC News, "Grand jury recordings released in Breonna Taylor case," 2 Oct. 2020 Since Breonna Taylor’s death in a botched police raid last March, her image and story have been shared far and wide, appearing on protest signs, Instagram stories, murals and the September 2020 cover of Vanity Fair. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "How an Art Exhibition in Breonna Taylor’s Hometown Honors Her Life and Impact," 14 Apr. 2021 Police busts may cause individuals to lose their licenses but rarely have much effect on the business owners, who can swap out those employees or reopen at a new location after a raid, according to law enforcement experts. Washington Post, "Police crackdowns of illicit massage businesses pose harms to the women they aim to help," 3 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Congress should fix the structure of Medicare’s prescription-drug benefit rather than raid the program in a way that would truncate the rewards for future drug development. Chris Pope, National Review, "Don’t Cut Seniors’ Drug Coverage to Fund Another Spending Spree," 29 Mar. 2021 For two months, protesters have watched soldiers and police shoot hundreds of unarmed civilians in daylight and raid their homes by night. Feliz Solomon, WSJ, "Myanmar’s Military Has Many Enemies. Protesters Are Asking for Their Help.," 13 Apr. 2021 Congress would certainly do better to strengthen Medicare’s drug coverage in this way, rather than raid it to fund a spending spree. Chris Pope, National Review, "Don’t Cut Seniors’ Drug Coverage to Fund Another Spending Spree," 29 Mar. 2021 Gray said road maintenance is not a one-time expense, and the village cannot raid and deplete other funds to pay for a public works department. Michelle Mullins,, "Candidates for Homer Glen board differ on Heritage Park and take over of Homer Township Road District," 10 Mar. 2021 His attorney, Al Watkins, said Chansley would be willing to testify to Congress that former President Donald Trump incited him to break through law enforcement barriers and raid the Capitol. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Graham says ‘QAnon shaman’ testifying against Trump would make impeachment trial a 'circus'," 30 Jan. 2021 Job loss prompts people to stop saving, raid their nest eggs or go into debt by falling behind on their rent and mortgage payments. Teresa Ghilarducci, Forbes, "Covid-19 Is Most Certainly A Retirement Story," 1 Mar. 2021 That January, clubs from the country’s Super League started to raid Europe’s grandest leagues, offering to pay such vast fees that few, if any, were in a position to resist. New York Times, "Have You Seen This Man?," 26 Feb. 2021 As outdoor surveillance cameras now protect about half of U.S. homes from criminals, the criminals are using them to get a jump on officers about to raid theirs. Terry Spencer, Star Tribune, "FBI slayings show risk surveillance cameras pose to police," 5 Feb. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Raid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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