raid

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noun

verb (used with object)

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 formscoun·ter·raid, noun, verbun·raid·ed, adjective

Synonyms for raid

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Examples from the Web for counter-raid

Historical Examples of counter-raid

  • 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

  • They moved off, and soon things got lively; a raid and counter-raid started.



British Dictionary definitions for counter-raid

raid

noun

a sudden surprise attackan air raid
a surprise visit by police searching for criminals or illicit goodsa fraud-squad raid

verb

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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Word Origin and History for counter-raid

raid

n.

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."

raid

v.

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

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