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



    BrE BrE//ˈsɔːti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɔːrti//
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  1. 1a flight that is made by an aircraft during military operations; an attack made by soldiers synonym raid a bombing sortie They had made several sorties against enemy troops. He led his platoon in a sortie against the enemy.
  2. 2a short trip away from your home or the place where you are synonym foray I went on a shopping sortie with my mother.
  3. 3sortie into something an effort that you make to do or join something new synonym foray His first sortie into politics was unsuccessful.
  4. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French, feminine past participle of sortir ‘go out’.
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