Meaning of “sortie” in the English Dictionary

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"sortie" in British English

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sortienoun [ 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 shopping centre.

an attempt to do something:

This is the acclaimed historian John Taylor's first sortie into fiction.

(Definition of “sortie” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)