[ 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.
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Origin of raid
1375–1425; Middle English (north and Scots) ra(i)de, Old English rād expedition, literally, a riding; doublet of road
Related formscoun·ter·raid, noun, verbun·raid·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for counter-raid
They moved off, and soon things got lively; a raid and counter-raid started.
If they are poor, they will arrange a counter-raid by means of 'friendlies,' and nothing more will be heard of the affair.The River War|Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for counter-raid
/ (reɪd) /
to make a raid against (a person, thing, etc)
to sneak into (a place) in order to take something, steal, etcraiding the larder
Derived Formsraider, noun
Word Origin for raid
C15: Scottish dialect, from Old English rād military expedition; see road
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