\ 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 Baghdadi was killed by US forces during a raid in Syria in 2019. Aqeel Najim And Mostafa Salem, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 Goines, who is no longer on the Houston force, is facing two counts of felony murder, as well as other charges in state and federal court over the raid. Juan A. Lozano, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 Nationwide protests erupted in 2009 after U.S. soldiers allegedly burned a Koran, Islam’s holiest text, during a raid in Wardak. Sudarsan Raghavan, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Oct. 2021 Nationwide protests erupted in 2009 after U.S. soldiers allegedly burned a Koran, Islam’s holiest text, during a raid in Wardak. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 Last month, Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian gunmen during a late night raid in Jenin, killing four Palestinians. Ilan Ben Zion, ajc, 27 Sep. 2021 In 2002, a subject of his memo, Ghassan Al-Sharbi, was captured in a raid in Pakistan. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 During a raid in May 2018 at Ussery’s home in Lockhart, law officers found a cache of firearms and charged him with being a felon in possession of a gun. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, 26 May 2021 The reverberations over the raid at Young’s home, captured on police bodyworn camera, and first reported on WBBM-Ch. 2, reached the fifth floor of City Hall. Lisa Donovan,, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Afghans are also removing sensitive books from their personal libraries, in the event Taliban fighters raid their houses. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 The International Association of Machinists and the Transport Workers Union have beaten back an outsider union’s attempt to raid American Airlines AAL +5.5%’ 14,402 mechanics. Ted Reed, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 The Big 12 could elect to raid the American Athletic Conference or risk the AAC coming for some of its teams. Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 July 1, 2015 - Boko Haram militants raid three villages in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, killing at least 145 people, according to witnesses. CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Conversely, there are whispers that the Mountain West could raid the AAC for SMU and Memphis while shedding its dead weight (hello, San Jose State and Hawaii). Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 The Buckeyes will always use the formula of going into areas where the top-tier team is dormant and raid the talent. Stephen Means, cleveland, 12 June 2021 The robber ignored the coins in the cashier’s tray, too heavy perhaps, and made no attempt to raid the vault, thus sacrificing a more significant haul in favor of speed. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Aug. 2021 Lewellen had dated Esteppe’s girlfriend and, after Esteppe broke up with her, Lewellen lied on a search warrant application to raid his house in March 2012, according to court records and the justice’s opinion. Phil Davis,, 25 Aug. 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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“Raid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 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.
: an act of going into a place (such as a bank) in order to steal something : heist



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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