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[reyd] /reɪd/
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to engage in a raid.
Origin of raid
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
1. seizure. 2. incursion, invasion, inroad. Unabridged
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  • Later in the night, quite near to morning, there came a terrific shock of artillery fire that heralded a German raid.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
  • He had dreamed of making a paltry five millions when the raid on the market had ended.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Faris is as keen about it as I am, and he would not waste any time in preparing for his raid on the Shammar.

    The Treasure of the Tigris A. F. Mockler Ferryman
  • But not a single Republican was implicated in the raid—not one.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • The boche came over to raid us, and when the alarm was given every one popped out of his bed and made for the dugout.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for raid


a sudden surprise attack: an air raid
a surprise visit by police searching for criminals or illicit goods: a fraud-squad raid
See also bear raid, dawn raid
to make a raid against (a person, thing, etc)
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 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."


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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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