foray

[fawr-ey, for-ey]
noun
1.
a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder: Vikings made a foray on the port.
2.
a quick, sudden attack: The defenders made a foray outside the walls.
3.
an initial venture: a successful foray into politics.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a raid; pillage; maraud.
5.
to invade or make one's way, as for profit or adventure: foreign industries foraying into U.S. markets.
verb (used with object)
6.
to ravage in search of plunder; pillage.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English forraien, apparently by back formation from forrayour, forreour, forrier < Old French forrier, fourrier, equivalent to fo(u)rr(er), derivative of fuerre provender (see forage) + -ier -ier2

forayer, noun


1. attack, assault, invasion, incursion, sortie.
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foray (ˈfɒreɪ)
 
n
1.  a short raid or incursion
2.  a first attempt or new undertaking
 
vb
3.  to raid or ravage (a town, district, etc)
 
[C14: from forrayen to pillage, from Old French forreier, from forrier forager, from fuerre fodder; see forage]
 
'forayer
 
n

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foray
late 14c., Scottish back-formation of forreyer "raider, forager," from O.Fr. forrier, from forrer "to forage," related to fuerre "fodder" (see forage).
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Now, however, it is making a determined foray into online friendships.
But as companies continue their foray into personalised medicine, the courts
  will remain rather busy.
But his foray into the humanities never left his side.
It's another foray into the field of bomb-hunting technology.
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