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  1. a sudden assault or attack, as upon something to be seized or suppressed: a police raid on a gambling ring.
  2. Military. a sudden attack on the enemy, as by air or by a small land force.
  3. a vigorous, large-scale effort to lure away a competitor's employees, members, etc.
  4. Finance. a concerted attempt of speculators to force stock prices down.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make a raid on.
  2. to steal from; loot: a worry that the investment fund is being raided.
  3. to entice away from another: Large companies are raiding key personnel from smaller companies.
  4. to indulge oneself by taking from, especially in order to eat: raiding the cookie jar.
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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

Synonyms for raid

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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


  1. a sudden surprise attackan air raid
  2. a surprise visit by police searching for criminals or illicit goodsa fraud-squad raid
  3. See also bear raid, dawn raid
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  1. to make a raid against (a person, thing, etc)
  2. to sneak into (a place) in order to take something, steal, etcraiding the larder
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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



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."

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

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