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English definition of “sortie”

sortie

noun [C] uk   /ˈsɔː.ti/ us    /ˈsɔːr.t̬i/
a short, quick attack by a military force, such as a small group of soldiers or an aircraft, made against an enemy position: A series of sorties was carried out at night by specially equipped aircraft. a short journey to somewhere you have not been before, often with a particular purpose: It was our first sortie into the town centre. an attempt to do something: This is the acclaimed historian John Taylor's first sortie into fiction.
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