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1 a sudden short attack [syn: foray, maraud]
2 an attempt by speculators to defraud investors


1 search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on; "The police raided the crack house" [syn: bust]
2 enter someone else's territory and take spoils; "The pirates raided the coastal villages regularly" [syn: foray into]
3 take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock; "T. Boone Pickens raided many large companies"
4 search for something needed or desired; "Our babysitter raided our refrigerator"

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From Scots raid (obsolete after Middle English but revived in the 19th-century by Walter Scott), from Old English rád ( > English road).


  • /reɪd/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪd


  1. A hostile or predatory incursion; an inroad or incursion of mounted men; a sudden and rapid invasion by a cavalry force; a foray.
  2. An attack or invasion for the purpose of making arrests, seizing property, or plundering; as, a raid of the police upon a gambling house; a raid of contractors on the public treasury.


  1. To engage in a raid.
  2. To steal from; pillage
  3. To lure from another; to entice away from
  4. To indulge oneself by taking from




From (a Northern form of) Old English rád ‘riding, road’.




  1. raid

Extensive Definition

Raid or RAID may refer to:
raid in German: Raid (Begriffsklärung)
raid in French: RAID
raid in Dutch: Raid
raid in Polish: RAID
raid in Finnish: Raid

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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