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raidnoun [C]

 us   /reɪd/
a ​plannedattack by a ​militarygroup that is done ​suddenly and unexpectedly and is ​intended to ​destroy or ​damage something: an ​air raid a ​bombing raid A raid is also a ​planned but ​sudden and ​unexpectedentering of a ​place by the ​police in ​order to ​search for something or ​stop an ​illegalactivity.

raidverb [T]

 us   /reɪd/
to ​enter a ​placesuddenly and unexpectedly in ​order to ​search for something or ​stop an ​illegalactivity: The ​FBI said it had no ​plans to raid the suspect’s ​farm. To raid is also to ​unfairly or ​secretly take something for ​your own use or ​benefit: The ​moviecompany was ​accused of raiding ​talent from other ​studios.
(Definition of raid from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"raid" in British English

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raidnoun [C]

uk   us   /reɪd/
C2 a ​shortsuddenattack, usually by a ​smallgroup of ​people: The ​commandos made/​staged/​carried out a ​daring raid (on the ​enemy). planes on a bombing raid the ​act of ​entering a ​place by ​force in ​order to ​steal from it: Millions of ​dollars were ​stolen in a bank raid last ​night.C2 an ​occasion when the ​policeenter a ​placesuddenly in ​order to ​find someone or something: The ​drugs were ​found during a ​police raid on the ​house.

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raidverb [T]

uk   us   /reɪd/
C2 to ​attack a ​placesuddenly: The ​nomads raided the ​enemycamp and ​captured over 100 ​camels. to ​enter a ​placeillegally and usually ​violently, and ​steal from it: The ​postoffice was raided late at ​night.C2 (of the ​police) to ​enter a ​placesuddenly in ​order to ​find someone or something: Police ​officers from the ​organizedcrimedivision have raided ​businesses in ​central London. informal to take something from a ​place, usually ​secretly: I ​caught Toby raiding the ​fridge.
(Definition of raid from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"raid" in Business English

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raidnoun [C]

uk   us   /reɪd/ STOCK MARKET
an attempt to take ​control of a ​company by ​buying a lot of its ​shares: He helped ​build one of Britain's biggest ​conglomerates during the 1980s with a ​series of daring corporate raids. a raid on sth So far, it has not decided what it will do to ​stop a raid on its ​shares.
(Definition of raid from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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