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raid



Pronunciation: (rād), [key]
n.
1. a sudden assault or attack, as upon something to be seized or suppressed: a police raid on a gambling ring.
2. Mil.a sudden attack on the enemy, as by air or by a small land force.
3. a vigorous, large-scale effort to lure away a competitor's employees, members, etc.
4. Finance.a concerted attempt of speculators to force stock prices down.

v.t.
1. to make a raid on.
2. to steal from; loot: a worry that the investment fund is being raided.
3. to entice away from another: Large companies are raiding key personnel from smaller companies.
4. to indulge oneself by taking from, esp. in order to eat: raiding the cookie jar.

v.i.
to engage in a raid.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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