[ reyd ]
/ reɪd /


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 forms

coun·ter·raid, noun, verbun·raid·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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) /


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


to make a raid against (a person, thing, etc)
to sneak into (a place) in order to take something, steal, etcraiding the larder

Derived Forms

raider, noun

Word Origin for raid

C15: Scottish dialect, from Old English rād military expedition; see road
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