Definition of raid noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//reɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪd//
    The police, Conflict
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  1. 1raid (on something) a short surprise attack on an enemy by soldiers, ships or aircraft They carried out a bombing raid on enemy bases. CollocationsWar and peaceStarting a war declare/​make/​wage war (on somebody/​something) go to war (against/​with somebody) cause/​spark/​provoke/​foment/​quell unrest incite/​lead/​crush/​suppress a revolt/​rebellion launch/​mount/​carry out a surprise/​terrorist attack prevent/​halt/​represent an escalation of the conflict be torn apart by/​be on the brink of civil war enter/​invade/​occupy somebody’s territory lead/​launch/​resist/​repel an invasionMilitary operations adopt/​develop/​implement/​pursue a military strategy carry out/​execute/​perform military operations/​manoeuvres/(especially US English) maneuvers send/​deploy/​station/​pull back/​withdraw troops go on/​fly/​carry out a reconnaissance/​rescue mission train/​equip/​deploy army/​military/​combat units lead/​launch/​conduct a raid/​a surprise attack/​an (air/​airborne/​amphibious) assault (on somebody) employ/​use guerrilla tactics conduct/​wage biological/​guerrilla warfare fight/​crush/​defeat the rebels/​the insurgency suffer/​inflict a crushing defeat achieve/​win a decisive victory halt/​stop the British/​German/​Russian advance order/​force a retreatFighting join/​serve in the army/​navy/​air force be/​go/​remain/​serve on active duty serve/​complete/​return from a tour of duty be sent to the front (line) attack/​strike/​engage/​defeat/​kill/​destroy the enemy see/​report/​be engaged in heavy fighting call for/​be met with armed resistance come under heavy/​machine-gun/​mortar fire fire a machine-gun/​mortar shells/​rockets (at somebody/​something) shoot a rifle/​a pistol/​bullets/​missiles launch/​fire a cruise/​ballistic/​anti-tank missile use biological/​chemical/​nuclear weapons inflict/​suffer/​sustain heavy losses/​casualties be hit/​killed by enemy/​friendly/​artillery fire become/​be held as a prisoner of warCivilians in war harm/​kill/​target/​protect innocent/​unarmed civilians cause/​avoid/​limit/​minimize civilian casualties/​collateral damage impose/​enforce/​lift a curfew engage in/​be a victim of ethnic cleansing be sent to an internment/​a concentration camp accept/​house/​resettle refugees fleeing from war fear/​threaten military/​violent reprisals commit/​be accused of war crimes/​crimes against humanity/​genocideMaking peace make/​bring/​win/​achieve/​maintain/​promote peace call for/​negotiate/​broker/​declare a ceasefire/​a temporary truce sign a ceasefire agreement call for/​bring/​put an end to hostilities demand/​negotiate/​accept the surrender of somebody/​something establish/​send (in) a peacekeeping force negotiate/​conclude/​ratify/​sign/​accept/​reject/​break/​violate a peace treaty see also air raid See related entries: Conflict
  2. 2raid (on something) a surprise visit by the police looking for criminals or for illegal goods or drugs They were arrested during a dawn raid. Wordfinderarrest, charge, cordon, detain, detective, interrogate, plain clothes, police, raid, undercover See related entries: The police
  3. 3raid (on something) an attack on a building, etc. in order to commit a crime an armed bank raid see also ram-raiding
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun): Scots variant of road in the early senses ‘journey on horseback’, ‘foray’. The noun became rare from the end of the 16th cent. but was revived by Sir Walter Scott; the verb dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples Guerrillas were carrying out hit-and-run raids on the troops. He led his men on a cross-border raid. He was injured during a police raid on his nightclub. Police staged an early morning raid on the premises. She was shot during an armed raid on a security van. The raids against Norway continued. The raids against military targets continued. The town suffered several raids by Vikings. Two customers foiled a raid on a local post office. Two customers have foiled a smash-and-grab raid on a local shop. a raid by drugs squad detectives air raids on Liverpool bombers carrying out daylight raids over northern France raids on houses in Catholic areas of the city the drugs seized in last night’s raid the jewels stolen in the raid He had once been involved in a bank raid. Hundreds of civilians were killed in the air raids.
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