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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.
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 raided
  • If a bear raided our food, the clatter of kitchenware would wake us into rock-throwing alert.
  • The squads regularly raided self-storage facilities and set up checkpoints at weigh stations on interstate highways.
  • Her home was later raided by police, who detained her for several days.
  • They then raided a patron's house, confiscated two of the artist's works and threatened the collector with four months in prison.
  • When they raided the house the police asked him who he was.
  • Most large corporations have been raided by opportunists in the last decades.
  • It raided top partners from established law firms and acquired smaller firms around the country.
  • After locals raided their weapons compounds, he took up arms against the hated agents.
  • Twenty-seven percent have raided their retirement or college savings to pay the bills.
  • Under the pretense of protecting people's homes, this company raided their pocketbooks and wallets.
British Dictionary definitions for raided


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 raided



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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