\ ˈrād \

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

descent, foray, incursion, inroad, invasion, irruption

Synonyms: Verb

foray (into), invade, overrun

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Examples of raid in a Sentence


They launched a raid against the enemy. Weapons were also seized during the drug raid. They caught five smugglers in the raid.


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

My ex-fiancé helped orchestrate the raid on Osama bin Laden. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 The family points out that Jackson was subjected to a thorough investigation that included a surprise raid of his home, the Neverland Ranch, but was still acquitted at his criminal trial in 2005, in a case involving another young man. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "Michael Jackson family condemns new documentary on accusers," 29 Jan. 2019 Company officials, spooked by the raids, brought in Mr. Barr. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Trump’s Attorney General Pick Earned a Reputation as a Fighter in the Corporate World," 6 Jan. 2019 Nukes, which can be thought of as Fallout 76’s version of raids, are not easy to facilitate. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fallout 76’s first end-game nuke launches, starts apocalyptic battle," 15 Nov. 2018 But Ohio State, Michigan and Oklahoma have all executed multiple successful raids. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "The Pac-12 is at risk of losing its recruiting foothold on the West Coast, and Alabama smells blood," 7 Jan. 2019 Although the tiara heist sounds like a cut scene from Ocean's 8, this isn't the only royal jewelry raid of the year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Royal Tiara Was Stolen Like a Real-Life Ocean's 11 Movie," 27 Nov. 2018 The game rolled out a new feature called raids in 2017, where multiple players must team up to catch rare Pokemon. Ally Marotti,, "Pokemon Go Fest is back and ready for the crowds after disappointing thousands last year," 12 July 2018 The trove has a colorful history, having been obtained in a hotel-room raid on a visiting businessman that may or may not have been coordinated by a crusading anti-Facebook journalist, who has stubbornly refused to comment on the matter. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Then, raid your craft drawer for markers, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and more. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "6 Tips For Teen Babysitters That Are Totally Life-Changing," 21 Dec. 2018 Cohen has been on an ongoing apology tour of sorts since coming under legal scrutiny after the FBI raided his home, office, and hotel room in April, and Friday’s interview was a continuation of that. Emily Stewart, Vox, "“He directed me to make the payments”: Cohen says Trump instructed illegal hush money payments," 14 Dec. 2018 Last month, Trump's attorneys were preparing to deliver their pre-presidency idea to the special counsel on the same day that the FBI raided the office of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Gloria Borger, CNN, "Trump's lawyers seek to narrow scope of special counsel interview," 22 May 2018 The officials also said that security forces raided early Monday the homes in el-Arish, northern Sinai’s largest city, of four members of an IS cell. Ashraf Sweilam, The Seattle Times, "Roadside bomb hits police convoy in Egypt’s Sinai, kills 1," 14 Jan. 2019 Chicago has been anticipating charges against Mr. Burke, who has been on the council for nearly 50 years, since the FBI raided his offices in November and again in December. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Longest-Serving Chicago Alderman Charged With Attempted Extortion," 3 Jan. 2019 Better go raid your attic because a retro holiday decoration is back in style. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Vintage Ceramic Christmas Trees Are Making a Comeback," 7 Dec. 2018 Around 170 German federal officers raided Deutsche Bank offices in Frankfurt in late November as part of an offshore tax-evasion and money-laundering case. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank Faces Fresh Calls for Scrutiny in Congress," 13 Dec. 2018 Authorities raided the compound Friday as part of their search for 4-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who vanished last December. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Moms arrested after 11 children found in 'filthy' New Mexico compound with armed Muslim 'extremists,' cops say," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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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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