- 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.
- 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.
- to engage in a raid.
Origin of raid
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Examples from the Web for raid
The last time there was a raid of this scale was in 2001, when 52 men were arrested on Queen Boat, a floating disco on the Nile.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
A 2008 Pakistani raid near Turbat turned up Abdolhamid Rigi, the brother of Abdelmalek Rigi.
Back in Iran, he once got word that the Iranians were going to raid a village where his men were stationed.
No wonder somebody using North Korean code staged a raid on Sony Pictures.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable
Gordon G. Chang
December 3, 2014
In northern Sinai in October the group killed 31 soldiers during a raid on an army checkpoint.ISIS Wannabes Claim They Killed an American in Egypt
December 1, 2014
Of course you have heard of the great Fenian raid, which really is to come off.
He wondered how much they knew of his part in the raid upon their encampment.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Now, tell me, Victor, how did you happen to be with Slade on that raid?
"I've been hearing of him since we were on this raid," he said.
I saw Hellar immediately and he declared a raid on Marguerite's apartment.City of Endless Night
- to make a raid against (a person, thing, etc)
- to sneak into (a place) in order to take something, steal, etcraiding the larder
Word Origin and History for raid
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."