Main definitions of raid in English

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  • 1A rapid surprise attack on an enemy by troops, aircraft, or other armed forces.

    ‘a bombing raid’
    • ‘A raid by army troops and intelligence agents on the town uncovered the 10 kilogramme belt concealed in a solar water tank.’
    • ‘It is primarily employed in close air support of ground troops, target destruction raids, and armed escort of other aircraft.’
    • ‘From the fall of France in May 1940 the role of the RAF was essentially defensive, save for raids on enemy airfields and occasional bombing attacks to boost morale.’
    • ‘Both the Central Powers and the Allies used aircraft on strategic bombing raids, targeting enemy industries and to a lesser extent enemy civilians.’
    • ‘Corsairs made repeated raids on enemy airfields, shipping, and equipment during various battles of the island-hopping war.’
    • ‘The US initiated bombing raids and dispatched ground troops.’
    • ‘He began flying aircraft and was soon involved in bombing raids.’
    • ‘The Edmonton native questions the mechanisms that allow us to condone military bombing raids on civilians while we demand that gang warfare be severely punished.’
    • ‘Too weak to attack their enemies' high-tech military head on, they resisted through surprise raids and bombings.’
    • ‘The first place they took to us was the village where they said some 200 people had died in aircraft bombing raid.’
    • ‘Six years after the field was attacked in the raid on Pearl Harbor, the first cabins went up.’
    • ‘But all aerial bombardments, offensive raids, ambushes and assassinations are to come to a halt, he said.’
    • ‘They played an important part in preventing enemy raids, sabotage and terrorist operations.’
    • ‘The unit also did night raids and bombed enemy land targets.’
    • ‘This man tells us he was blinded after a bombing raid by Sudanese aircraft.’
    • ‘A mix of airstrikes and coordinated raids would destroy the group's material assets in Somalia.’
    • ‘Whether it's getting out of an ambush, or getting into position for a raid or attack, the extra speed leaves the enemy at a disadvantage.’
    • ‘Tribal forces specialize in raids, skirmishes, and ambushes where the assault rifle, machinegun, mortar, and mine are basic weapons.’
    • ‘Inside the paper's leader likened the attack to the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbour.’
    • ‘Niven had volunteered for a secret military commando unit making raids on the enemy coastline.’
    surprise attack, hit-and-run raid, tip-and-run raid, assault, descent, blitz, incursion, foray, sortie
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    1. 1.1 A rapid surprise attack to commit a crime, especially to steal from business premises.
      ‘an early morning raid on a bank’
      • ‘Around £12,000 worth of tack was taken in the first break-in and a child's quad bike stolen on a second raid by thieves.’
      • ‘Detectives investigating the death of a wealthy Yorkshire businessman in a raid on his luxury home believe he was murdered and deliberately singled out by his attackers.’
      • ‘He has appealed for the return of his England caps, stolen during a raid on his family home.’
      • ‘A schoolgirl has made a desperate plea for the return of ‘irreplaceable’ A-level coursework, which was stolen in a raid on her car.’
      • ‘So they went underground, formed the Red Army Faction, and carried out bank raids, kidnappings, hijacks and bombings.’
      • ‘The prosecution, in the trial of two men accused of conspiracy to burgle following a raid on Swindon based Motorola, was due to rest its case today.’
      • ‘Hundreds of DVDs, CDs and PlayStation games were stolen in the biggest raid on a west Wiltshire library in 20 years, with police at a loss to explain how the burglars got in.’
      • ‘A Leeds woman who single-handedly tackled an armed robber and prevented a raid on a building society was yesterday honoured for her bravery by the Home Secretary.’
      • ‘Last Tuesday, the 64-year-old jeweller was shot dead by a robber during a raid on her shop in Nottingham.’
      • ‘In at least two of the raids, the robbers fled in cars stolen in Dublin the previous night.’
      • ‘Expensive hair products, made popular by TV series The Salon, have been plundered in smash-and-grab raids on hairdressers' shops in Bradford.’
      • ‘The trio inside were heading home to Leeds with their loot from a smash-and-grab raid on a York computer business.’
      • ‘He said five two-way radios, a pair of binoculars and an expensive waterproof mobile phone were stolen in the raid on their hut.’
      • ‘In 1976 he was awarded the Scott Medal for bravery after tackling two armed robbers following a raid on a post office.’
      • ‘Documents were taken in a connected raid on premises in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, and £11,150 in cash from a house in the Rochdale area.’
      • ‘The works were stolen in an early-morning raid on April 20, when the thieves broke into the Brücke-Museum.’
      • ‘Two of the accused are also charged with using weapons stolen in the raid to attack a brewery.’
      • ‘Masked robbers wielding nine-inch bladed knives stole cash during the latest raid on a Bradford burger bar.’
      • ‘Last month more than 1,300 kilograms of ammonium nitrate were stolen in a raid on a quarry.’
      • ‘His son was shot by masked robbers during a raid on his home at Elvington last year.’
      robbery, burglary, hold-up, break-in
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    2. 1.2 A surprise visit by police to arrest suspects or seize illicit goods.
      ‘a police raid on his home’
      • ‘Police say a raid of the suspects apartment turned up 200 kilos of explosives and other weapons.’
      • ‘A camper van used by the Irish holidaymaker is believed to have been one of four vehicles seized by police during a raid on the campsite.’
      • ‘The prosecutor said that a total of 247 images were found on the hard drive of the suspect's computer after it was seized by police during a raid on his home.’
      • ‘Police carried out 23 raids and made 21 arrests.’
      • ‘As well as springing suspects in early morning raids, police have been employing DNA technology, linking vandals to their crimes by blood left at the scene.’
      • ‘Prosecutors claim three of the men arrested in Tuesday's raids were found by police at the reactor in December last year.’
      • ‘Two men were arrested later in raids by armed police.’
      • ‘Three of the four alleged July 21 bombers were arrested in police raids in London and Birmingham last week’
      • ‘Police evicted 800 club-goers in the raid on Saturday and arrested 13 people, two of whom were members of staff at the club.’
      • ‘The disclosures forced the police to quickly arrest 12 suspects in raids across England.’
      • ‘Five people were arrested in separate police raids in England and in Holland.’
      • ‘The bombs were apparently planted in order to justify the police force's brutal raid on the school.’
      • ‘A substantial quantity of suspected class A and class C drugs have been seized by police in a raid on a house in Orkney.’
      • ‘Lunchtime shoppers gazed in astonishment as police launched a full-scale raid on a suspected drug pusher operating from York city centre.’
      • ‘An Algerian asylum seeker arrested in Bury during police raids on terrorist suspects has been jailed for six months for using a false passport.’
      • ‘So far, it has sparked a massive increase in calls to Crimestoppers prompting a string of police raids and arrests.’
      • ‘A relative of one of the suspected bombers was arrested following police raids of six homes in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and two cars were seized.’
      • ‘During the raid, police also seized drug paraphernalia, money and other items connected with the investigation.’
      • ‘The men were arrested during raids by anti-terrorist police across the South-East two weeks ago.’
      • ‘The girl's mother was arrested in a raid by police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents.’
      swoop, surprise search
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    3. 1.3Stock Market A hostile attempt to buy a major or controlling interest in the shares of a company.
      • ‘News of the raid is expected to force Yukos shares, which have already lost half their value since April, lower again.’
      • ‘‘They knew we were coming,’ sighs a Hong Kong-based investigator who participated in the raid.’
      • ‘The raids followed a series of complaints from investors in Australia, who were phoned by salespeople in Bangkok and invited to buy shares in Japan and Hong Kong.’
      • ‘Certainly, the share raid was something to stick in the craw of Europe's biggest reseller and runaway market leader in the UK.’
      • ‘A spokesman for ComReg said its policy was not to comment on raids.’


  • 1Conduct a raid on.

    ‘officers raided thirty homes yesterday’
    • ‘A more crude approach is bin raiding, where thieves steal rubbish to search for sensitive documents such as bank statements or utility bills.’
    • ‘Just as they ran towards the back door, the front was kicked in and officers raided the house.’
    • ‘Police officers have raided homes in Bradford in a high-profile operation.’
    • ‘Each year we give them a small amount of food so that they do not raid our village.’
    • ‘Rob can tell that teenage hoodlums who raid his store are stealing for someone else because of the records they turn over when caught.’
    • ‘‘We used to raid the farms and nick the chickens, and make a bloody good stew,’ he chuckled.’
    • ‘Thieves have raided a motorway petrol garage three times in a fortnight one of them wearing a jacket he had stolen on an earlier visit.’
    • ‘Axel and his team set out one night to raid an illegal ‘chop shop’ where stolen vehicles are dismantled and disguised for resale.’
    • ‘Despicable thieves have been raiding Salisbury's charity shops, taking cash and causing thousands of pounds' worth of damage.’
    • ‘Five grammes of heroin was recovered when drug squad officers raided the house in Severn Avenue earlier this week.’
    • ‘They had police dogs raiding the crowd of people and I saw a dog signal out a guy who obviously had some drugs on him.’
    • ‘A gang of thieves raided Brickens Post Office at lunch time last Thursday afternoon.’
    • ‘He had nightmares every time he helped raid a village.’
    • ‘She had like Masaki since she first saw him at the age of twelve, when he visited after some thieves tried to raid his transport and had to stay the night for security.’
    • ‘Yesterday a Black Watch raiding party carried out a smash and grab raid into the city, destroying five T55 tanks.’
    • ‘This is the haul of drugs seized when 25 police officers raided a Highworth pub.’
    • ‘An egg thief who raided bird's nests in Orkney has been placed on probation and had his car confiscated.’
    • ‘Thieves raided a children's activity centre and stole hundreds of pounds and six computers.’
    • ‘Plundering and raiding, pirating and smuggling were the only ways they could survive in this universe…’
    • ‘In this case, the police sent a mobile uniformed squad somewhere else so that the observers thought it was safe and then used 70 plainclothes officers to raid the discotheque.’
    attack, make a raid on, assault, set upon, descend on, swoop on, harass, harry, blitz, make inroads on, assail, storm, rush, charge
    plunder, steal from, pillage, loot, rifle, maraud, strip, ransack, sack
    rob, steal from, hold up, break into, make a raid on
    search, make a search of, swoop on, make a raid on
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    1. 1.1 Quickly and illicitly take something from (a place)
      ‘she crept downstairs to raid the larder’
      • ‘While officers were covering the crime scene they discovered that the thieves had also raided the refrigerator for food.’
      • ‘After being in my thoughts for a while, I decided to raid her fridge.’
      • ‘Alternatively, please everyone and raid your room mini bar as you watch the Pattaya Mail Channel's latest features.’
      • ‘Those who don't have their own will raid the store room for tartan shirts to make into kilts.’
      • ‘If they are not physically attacking them, they are raiding fields for food.’
      • ‘When the search party returned they found Brush in the kitchen raiding the fridge.’
      • ‘I guess there was only one thing to do: ceremoniously raid the fridge.’


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 century but was revived by Sir Walter Scott; the verb dates from the mid 19th century.




Main definitions of raid in English

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