Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hostile or predatory incursion; especially, an inroad or incursion of mounted men; a swooping assault for injury or plunder; a foray.
  • noun 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.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A hostile or predatory incursion; an inroad or incursion of mounted men; a sudden and rapid invasion by a cavalry force; a foray.
  • noun 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.
  • noun online gaming A large group in a massively multiplayer online game, consisting of multiple parties who team up to defeat a powerful enemy.
  • noun sports An attacking movement.
  • verb To engage in a raid.
  • verb To steal from; pillage
  • verb To lure from another; to entice away from
  • verb To indulge oneself by taking from

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Scots, raid on horseback, from Middle English rade, from Old English rād, a riding, road; see reidh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Scots raid (obsolete after Middle English but revived in the 19th-century by Walter Scott), from Old English rād ( > English road).

Examples

  • I don't know if I'd use the term raid, but certain things are being done, operations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as we speak.

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  • This despite the UN's cautiously worded response, in which it called the raid an "act" and urged a "prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation."

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  • This despite the UN's cautiously worded response, in which it called the raid an "act" and urged a "prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation."

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  • As he left Foyle bent over his desk and, with the concentration that was one of his distinguishing traits, busied himself in a series of reports on a coining raid in Kensington, sent up to him by those concerned for his perusal.

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  • How many planes you get in a raid is a problem still.

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  • District Director Gordy Ainsleigh said the board is opposed to what he describes as a raid on what has traditionally been an important source of capital funding in the Auburn-Meadow Vista area for parks and recreation facilities.

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  • District Director Gordy Ainsleigh said the board is opposed to what he describes as a raid on what has traditionally been an important source of capital funding in the Auburn-Meadow Vista area for parks and recreation facilities.

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  • The Prophet imposed his rule on parts of Arabia through a series of ghazvas, or razzias (the origin of the English word "raid").

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