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

     

    raid

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//reɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they raid
    BrE BrE//reɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪd//
     
    he / she / it raids
    BrE BrE//reɪdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪdz//
     
    past simple raided
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪdɪd//
     
    past participle raided
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪdɪd//
     
    -ing form raiding
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪdɪŋ//
     
    Committing crime, Conflict
     
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  1. 1raid something (of police) to visit a person or place without warning to look for criminals, illegal goods, drugs, etc. The house was raided in the early hours.
  2. 2raid something (of soldiers, fighting planes, etc.) to attack a place without warning Villages along the border are regularly raided. a raiding party (= a group of soldiers, etc. that attack a place) See related entries: Conflict
  3. 3raid something to enter a place, usually using force, and steal from it synonym plunder, ransack Many treasures were lost when the tombs were raided in the last century. (humorous) I caught him raiding the fridge again (= taking food from it). See related entries: Committing crime
  4. Word Origin late 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 I caught him raiding the fridge again. Sales staff were forced to lie on the floor when a gang raided a jewellery store last night. a raiding party
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