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raid

[reyd] /reɪd/
noun
1.
a sudden assault or attack, as upon something to be seized or suppressed:
a police raid on a gambling ring.
2.
Military. a sudden attack on the enemy, as by air or by a small land force.
3.
a vigorous, large-scale effort to lure away a competitor's employees, members, etc.
4.
Finance. a concerted attempt of speculators to force stock prices down.
verb (used with object)
5.
to make a raid on.
6.
to steal from; loot:
a worry that the investment fund is being raided.
7.
to entice away from another:
Large companies are raiding key personnel from smaller companies.
8.
to indulge oneself by taking from, especially in order to eat:
raiding the cookie jar.
verb (used without object)
9.
to engage in a raid.
Origin
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
1. seizure. 2. incursion, invasion, inroad.
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  • It was even insured against police raids-but, alas, not against political change.
  • They now scour the land, watching out for settler raids.
British Dictionary definitions for raids

raid

/reɪd/
noun
1.
a sudden surprise attack: an air raid
2.
a surprise visit by police searching for criminals or illicit goods: a fraud-squad raid
3.
See also bear raid, dawn raid
verb
4.
to make a raid against (a person, thing, etc)
5.
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 raids

raid

n.

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."

v.

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

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