Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a sudden short attack
  2. (noun, act) an attempt by speculators to defraud investors
  3. (verb, social) search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on
  4. (verb, motion) enter someone else's territory and take spoils
  5. (verb, possession) take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock
  6. (verb, contact) search for something needed or desired

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Raid

bust, foray, foray into, maraud

Origin of the word Raid

  1. early 15c., "military expedition on horseback," Scottish and northern English form of rade "a riding, journey," from O.E. rad "a riding" (see road). The word died out by 17c., but was revived by Scott, 1805 ("The Lay of the Last Minstrel") and 1818 ("Rob Roy"), with extended sense of "attack, foray." The verb is from 1865. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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