Definitions for: Raid

[n] an attempt by speculators to defraud investors
[n] a sudden short attack
[v] search for something needed or desired; "Our babysitter raided our refrigerator"
[v] enter someone else's territory and take spoils; "The pirates raided the coastal villages regularly"
[v] take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock; "T. Boone Pickens raided many large companies"
[v] search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on; "The police raided the crack house"

Webster (1913) Definition: Raid, n. [Icel. rei[eth] a riding, raid; akin to E. road.
See Road a way.]
1. A hostile or predatory incursion; an inroad or incursion
of mounted men; a sudden and rapid invasion by a cavalry
force; a foray.

Marauding chief! his sole delight. The moonlight
raid, the morning fight. --Sir W.

There are permanent conquests, temporary occupation,
and occasional raids. --H. Spenser.

Note: A Scottish word which came into common use in the
United States during the Civil War, and was soon
extended in its application.

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. [Colloq. U. S.]

Raid, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raided; p. pr. & vb. n.
To make a raid upon or into; as, two regiments raided the
border counties.

Synonyms: bust, foray, foray into, maraud

See Also: air attack, air raid, arrogate, assail, assume, attack, defalcation, embezzlement, encroach upon, incursion, intrude on, invade, maraud, misapplication, misappropriation, obtrude upon, peculation, penetration, search, seize, swoop, take over, usurp

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