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raid

noun \ ˈrād \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of raid

1 a :a hostile or predatory incursion
b :a surprise attack by a small force
2 a :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

Examples of raid in a Sentence

  1. They launched a raid against the enemy.

  2. Weapons were also seized during the drug raid.

  3. They caught five smugglers in the raid.

Recent Examples of raid from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of raid

Middle English (Scots) rade, from Old English rād ride, raid — more at road


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raid

verb

Definition of raid

intransitive verb
:to conduct or take part in a raid
transitive verb
:to make a raid on

Examples of raid in a Sentence

  1. The village was raided often by neighboring tribes.

  2. Police raided the house and found drugs.

  3. Federal agents raided the warehouse, seizing stolen property and arresting five smugglers.

  4. She raided her sister's closet to find something to wear to the party.

Recent Examples of raid from the Web

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First Known Use of raid

1848



RAID Defined for English Language Learners

raid

noun

Definition of raid for English Language Learners

  • : 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.

  • : an act of going into a place (such as a bank) in order to steal something


raid

verb

Definition of raid for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RAID Defined for Kids

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raid

noun \ ˈrād \

Definition of raid for Students

:a sudden attack or invasion

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raid

verb

Definition of raid for Students

raided; raiding
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

raider

noun


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