Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A surprise attack by a small armed force.
  • n. A sudden forcible entry into a place by police: a raid on a gambling den.
  • n. An entrance into another's territory for the purpose of seizing goods or valuables.
  • n. A predatory operation mounted against a competitor, especially an attempt to lure away the personnel or membership of a competing organization.
  • n. An attempt to seize control of a company, as by acquiring a majority of its stock.
  • n. An attempt by speculators to drive stock prices down by coordinated selling.
  • transitive v. To make a raid on.
  • intransitive v. To conduct a raid or participate in one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hostile or predatory incursion; an inroad or incursion of mounted men; a sudden and rapid invasion by a cavalry force; a foray.
  • n. An attack or invasion for the purpose of making arrests, seizing property, or plundering; as, a raid of the police upon a gambling house; a raid of contractors on the public treasury.
  • n. A large group in a massively multiplayer online game, consisting of multiple parties who team up to defeat a powerful enemy.
  • n. An attacking movement.
  • v. To engage in a raid.
  • v. To steal from; pillage
  • v. To lure from another; to entice away from
  • v. To indulge oneself by taking from

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hostile or predatory incursion; an inroad or incursion of mounted men; a sudden and rapid invasion by a cavalry force; a foray.
  • n. An attack or invasion for the purpose of making arrests, seizing property, or plundering
  • transitive v. To make a raid upon or into.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go upon a raid; engage in a sudden hostile or disturbing incursion, foray, or descent.
  • To make a raid or hostile attack upon; encroach upon by foray or incursion.
  • Hence To attack in any way; affect injuriously by sudden or covert assault or invasion of any kind: as, to raid a gambling-house.
  • n. A hostile or predatory incursion; especially, an inroad or incursion of mounted men; a swooping assault for injury or plunder; a foray.
  • n. Hence A sudden onset in general; an irruption for or as if for assault or seizure; a descent made in an unexpected or undesired manner: as, a police raid upon a gambling-house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. search for something needed or desired
  • n. a sudden short attack
  • n. an attempt by speculators to defraud investors
  • v. search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on
  • v. take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock
  • v. enter someone else's territory and take spoils

Etymologies

Scots, raid on horseback, from Middle English rade, from Old English rād, a riding, road.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Scots raid (obsolete after Middle English but revived in the 19th-century by Walter Scott), from Old English rād ( > English road). (Wiktionary)

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