\ 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

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

The visit on Monday came the day after ICE was to conduct raids, according to President Donald Trump. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "ICE agents conduct operation at Arab restaurant in Dearborn," 16 July 2019 That led detectives to conduct another raid July 9. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "City files lawsuit to shut down Dallas massage parlor after raid, prostitution arrest," 16 July 2019 Immigration experts have noted that ICE could struggle to conduct widespread raids in a limited time span. Ali Tadayon, The Mercury News, "‘More than anything, it’s just really exhausting’: Threat of ICE raids sparks fear, activism in Bay Area immigrant communities," 11 July 2019 Other Democrats, meanwhile, expressed concern Thursday about the administration’s plan to conduct mass immigration raids on Sunday. Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, "Democrats claim victory as Trump retreats on census citizenship question," 11 July 2019 Around 50 people gathered outside of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in central Phoenix Wednesday evening to protest President Donald Trump’s recent warnings that ICE might conduct mass immigration raids. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Group protests outside Phoenix ICE office against Trump's proposed immigration raids," 3 July 2019 Neither law will prevent ICE agents in Illinois from conducting raids — like the large-scale effort announced and then delayed by President Donald Trump this month — or otherwise enforcing federal immigration laws. Elvia Malagón,, "New Illinois laws aimed at ICE are ‘a firewall against Trump attacks’ on immigrants, Pritzker says," 28 June 2019 In response to reports that ICE will be conducting raids targeting immigrant families in major U.S. cities, Reps. Sarah Midkiff,, "Children Are Being Held Without Soap, Toothpaste & Diapers In Overcrowded Detention Centres," 25 June 2019 President Trump issued an unexpected announcement Monday night on Twitter that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, will soon conduct raids to round up millions of undocumented immigrants across the country. Josh Koehn,, "Oakland mayor punches back at Trump after tweet on ICE raids to arrest millions," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Faced with a massive deficit, the symphony’s board of directors raided the endowment and demanded hefty pay cuts. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Why is it so hard to keep an orchestra afloat? The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is not alone in its woes.," 2 Aug. 2019 What started as a joke about raiding Area 51 to break out the aliens became widespread enough that the actual military held briefings on what a Naruto run is. Dami Lee, The Verge, "TikTok turns one: its first 12 months, as told through TikToks," 2 Aug. 2019 No charges have yet been filed, though investigators have raided the pawn shops and the home of the man identified as the ringleader, Aleksandr Pavlovskiy, 44, of Auburn. Fox News, "Amazon drivers part of major theft ring, FBI says," 2 Aug. 2019 No charges have yet been filed, though investigators have raided the pawnshops and the home of the man identified as the ringleader, Aleksandr Pavlovskiy, 44, of Auburn. NBC News, "Amazon drivers part of $10 million theft ring, FBI says," 1 Aug. 2019 No charges have yet been filed, though investigators have raided the pawnshops and the home of the man identified as the ringleader, Aleksandr Pavlovskiy, 44, of Auburn. Gene Johnson, USA TODAY, "An Amazon driver theft ring sold stolen goods for 6 years, raked in millions in sales," 1 Aug. 2019 To celebrate this anniversary the bank has raided its archives for 325 objects that are broadly representative of its history (a recent two-part BBC documentary has also shown its inner workings). R.s., The Economist, "A show at the Bank of England underscores the strange fiction of money," 30 July 2019 The mischievous pair had apparently ripped open a bag of green food coloring while raiding the kitchen cupboards the night before and dyed themselves bright green. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Woman Awakes to Green-Dyed Dogs After Raid Under the Cover of Night," 26 July 2019 In a real-life example, a 2013 leadership struggle in one Hong Kong triad was accompanied by a string of violent incidents, with police responding by raiding businesses tied to the group. Isabella Steger, Quartzy, "Six films to watch to understand what’s happening in Hong Kong," 24 July 2019

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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

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raider noun

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