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[reyd] /reɪd/
a sudden assault or attack, as upon something to be seized or suppressed:
a police raid on a gambling ring.
Military. a sudden attack on the enemy, as by air or by a small land force.
a vigorous, large-scale effort to lure away a competitor's employees, members, etc.
Finance. a concerted attempt of speculators to force stock prices down.
verb (used with object)
to make a raid on.
to steal from; loot:
a worry that the investment fund is being raided.
to entice away from another:
Large companies are raiding key personnel from smaller companies.
to indulge oneself by taking from, especially in order to eat:
raiding the cookie jar.
verb (used without object)
to engage in a raid.
Origin of raid
1375-1425; Middle English (north and Scots) ra(i)de, Old English rād expedition, literally, a riding; doublet of road
Related forms
counterraid, noun, verb
unraided, adjective
1. seizure. 2. incursion, invasion, inroad. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for raid
  • They open windows, refrigerators, garbage bins and raid for food.
  • raid a tagger's house, police say, and you will often find graffiti on every smooth surface.
  • Two of them-a twilight raid on an enemy fort and a royal funeral procession-were selected to accompany the article.
  • The shooting was set off by a police raid for weapons.
  • Each nest raid involves an escape plan, and simple is often best.
  • The buses were torched soon after a police raid on drug-runners.
  • The raid made for gripping television, but it soon became clear that the phone calls were a hoax.
  • The authorities often raid places suspected of harbouring extremists.
  • It uses a similar technique to raid underground ant nests.
  • Kinkajous are sometimes called honey bears because they raid bees' nests.
British Dictionary definitions for raid


a sudden surprise attack: an air raid
a surprise visit by police searching for criminals or illicit goods: a fraud-squad raid
See also bear raid, dawn raid
to make a raid against (a person, thing, etc)
to sneak into (a place) in order to take something, steal, etc: raiding the larder
Derived Forms
raider, noun
Word Origin
C15: Scottish dialect, from Old English rād military expedition; see road
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Word Origin and History for raid

early 15c., "mounted military expedition," Scottish and northern English form of rade "a riding, journey," from Old English rad "a riding, ride, expedition, journey; raid," (see road). The word died out by 17c., but was revived by Scott ("The Lay of the Last Minstrel," 1805), ("Rob Roy," 1818), with extended sense of "attack, foray."


"take part in a raid," 1785 (implied in raiding), from raid (n.). Related: Raided; raiding. Cf. raider.

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