A raid is a military attack, especially a quick surprise attack. The word comes from the military but has spread out — police might raid a shady nightclub to find bad guys, or a babysitter might raid the refrigerator.

When an army launches a raid, you can say they raid, or attack abruptly. This verb can also be used to mean "search" or "enter unexpectedly," as when police officers raid a suspect's home or summer campers' raid a neighboring cabin. The military meaning is the oldest, and the word comes from the Scottish rade, "a riding" or "a journey," from the Old English rad, which is also the root of road.

Definitions of raid
  1. noun
    a sudden short attack
    synonyms: foray, maraud
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    air attack, air raid
    an attack by armed planes on a surface target
    a very rapid raid
    type of:
    incursion, penetration
    an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
  2. verb
    search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on
    synonyms: bust
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    type of:
    assail, attack
    launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
  3. verb
    enter someone else's territory and take spoils
    “The pirates raided the coastal villages regularly”
    synonyms: foray into
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    raid and rove in search of plunder
    type of:
    encroach upon, intrude on, invade, obtrude upon
    to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate
  4. verb
    search for something needed or desired
    “Our babysitter raided our refrigerator”
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    type of:
    subject to a search
  5. noun
    an attempt by speculators to defraud investors
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    type of:
    defalcation, embezzlement, misapplication, misappropriation, peculation
    the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
  6. verb
    take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock
    “T. Boone Pickens raided many large companies”
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    type of:
    arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp
    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
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