raid

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.

Primary Meanings of raid

1.
nv
a sudden short attack
search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on
2.
nv
an attempt by speculators to defraud investors
take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock
Full Definitions of raid
1

n a sudden short attack

Synonyms:
foray, maraud
Types:
air attack, air raid
an attack by armed planes on a surface target
swoop
a very rapid raid
Type of:
incursion, penetration
an attack that penetrates into enemy territory

v search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on

“The police raided the crack house”
Synonyms:
bust
Type of:
assail, attack
launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

v enter someone else's territory and take spoils

“The pirates raided the coastal villages regularly”
Synonyms:
foray into
Types:
maraud
raid and rove in search of booty
Type of:
encroach upon, intrude on, invade, obtrude upon
to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate

v search for something needed or desired

“Our babysitter raided our refrigerator”
Type of:
search
subject to a search
2

n an attempt by speculators to defraud investors

Type of:
defalcation, embezzlement, misapplication, misappropriation, peculation
the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else

v take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock

“T. Boone Pickens raided many large companies”
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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