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foray

[ fawr-ey, for-ey ]
/ ˈfɔr eɪ, ˈfɒr eɪ /
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Definition of foray

noun
a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder: Vikings made a foray on the port.
a quick, sudden attack: The defenders made a foray outside the walls.
an initial venture: a successful foray into politics.
verb (used without object)
to make a raid; pillage; maraud.
to invade or make one's way, as for profit or adventure: foreign industries foraying into U.S. markets.
verb (used with object)
to ravage in search of plunder; pillage.
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Origin of foray

1350–1400; Middle English forraien, apparently by back formation from forrayour, forreour, forrier<Old French forrier, fourrier, equivalent to fo(u)rr(er), derivative of fuerre provender (see forage) + -ier-ier2

OTHER WORDS FROM foray

for·ay·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for foray

foray
/ (ˈfɒreɪ) /

noun
a short raid or incursion
a first attempt or new undertaking
verb
to raid or ravage (a town, district, etc)

Derived forms of foray

forayer, noun

Word Origin for foray

C14: from forrayen to pillage, from Old French forreier, from forrier forager, from fuerre fodder; see forage
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