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for·ay

 (fôr′ā′, fŏr′ā′)
n.
1. A sudden raid or military advance.
2. A venture or an initial attempt, especially outside one's usual area: an actor's foray into politics.
v. for·ayed, for·ay·ing, for·ays
v.intr.
1. To make a raid.
2. To make inroads, as for profit or adventure.

[Middle English forrai, from forraien, to plunder, probably back-formation from forreour, raider, plunderer, from Old French forrier, from forrer, to forage; see forage.]

foray

(ˈfɒreɪ)
n
1. a short raid or incursion
2. a first attempt or new undertaking
vb
to raid or ravage (a town, district, etc)
[C14: from forrayen to pillage, from Old French forreier, from forrier forager, from fuerre fodder; see forage]
ˈforayer n

for•ay

(ˈfɔr eɪ, ˈfɒr eɪ)

n.
1. a quick raid or attack, usu. for the purpose of taking plunder.
2. an initial venture outside one's customary range of activity: a brief foray into real estate.
v.i.
3. to make a raid; pillage; maraud.
4. to invade or make one's way, as for profit or adventure.
[1350–1400; Middle English forraien < Old French fo(u)rrier (see forage)]
for′ay•er, n.

foray


Past participle: forayed
Gerund: foraying

Imperative
foray
foray
Present
I foray
you foray
he/she/it forays
we foray
you foray
they foray
Preterite
I forayed
you forayed
he/she/it forayed
we forayed
you forayed
they forayed
Present Continuous
I am foraying
you are foraying
he/she/it is foraying
we are foraying
you are foraying
they are foraying
Present Perfect
I have forayed
you have forayed
he/she/it has forayed
we have forayed
you have forayed
they have forayed
Past Continuous
I was foraying
you were foraying
he/she/it was foraying
we were foraying
you were foraying
they were foraying
Past Perfect
I had forayed
you had forayed
he/she/it had forayed
we had forayed
you had forayed
they had forayed
Future
I will foray
you will foray
he/she/it will foray
we will foray
you will foray
they will foray
Future Perfect
I will have forayed
you will have forayed
he/she/it will have forayed
we will have forayed
you will have forayed
they will have forayed
Future Continuous
I will be foraying
you will be foraying
he/she/it will be foraying
we will be foraying
you will be foraying
they will be foraying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been foraying
you have been foraying
he/she/it has been foraying
we have been foraying
you have been foraying
they have been foraying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been foraying
you will have been foraying
he/she/it will have been foraying
we will have been foraying
you will have been foraying
they will have been foraying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been foraying
you had been foraying
he/she/it had been foraying
we had been foraying
you had been foraying
they had been foraying
Conditional
I would foray
you would foray
he/she/it would foray
we would foray
you would foray
they would foray
Past Conditional
I would have forayed
you would have forayed
he/she/it would have forayed
we would have forayed
you would have forayed
they would have forayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foray - a sudden short attackforay - a sudden short attack    
air attack, air raid - an attack by armed planes on a surface target
penetration, incursion - an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
swoop - a very rapid raid
2.foray - an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence); "scientists' forays into politics"
attempt, effort, try, endeavor, endeavour - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
Verb1.foray - steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
take - take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
deplume, displume - strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
2.foray - briefly enter enemy territory
penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"

foray

noun raid, sally, incursion, inroad, attack, assault, invasion, swoop, reconnaissance, sortie, irruption She made her first forays into politics.

foray

noun
An act of invading, especially by military forces:
verb
To enter so as to attack, plunder, destroy, or conquer:
Translations

foray

[ˈfɒreɪ] N (esp Mil) → incursión f (into en)

foray

[ˈfɒreɪ] n
(= raid) → incursion f
to make a foray into enemy territory → faire une incursion en territoire ennemi
(fig) to make a foray into sth → s'essayer à qch

foray

n(Raub)überfall m; (Mil) → Ausfall m; (fig)Ausflug m (→ into in +acc); to make a foray into the European marketsich auf den europäischen Markt vorwagen

foray

[ˈfɒreɪ] n (esp Mil) → incursione f
References in classic literature ?
Let us make a foray upon the dominions of that noisy barbarian, a great raid from Finisterre to Hatteras, catching his fishermen unawares, baffling the fleets that trust to his power, and shooting sly arrows into the livers of men who court his good graces.
In his forays into the North Atlantic the East Wind behaves like a subtle and cruel adventurer without a notion of honour or fair play.
On the sloping bank of the stream are a number of banana-trees I have often seen a score or two of young people making a merry foray on the great golden clusters, and bearing them off, one after another, to different parts of the vale, shouting and trampling as they went.
Or rather, it may be presumed, that bearing in mind the wholesale forays made upon them by their nautical visitors, they consider the property of the latter as a fair object of reprisal.
They had been disappointed or defeated in the foray, and in their rage and mortification these eleven warriors had "devoted their clothes to the medicine.
I must have something that I can term exclusively my own by this foray of ours, and I have fixed on the lovely Jewess as my peculiar prize.
In those days I read not only all the new books, but I made many forays into the past, and came back now and then with rich spoil, though I confess that for the most part I had my trouble for my pains; and I wish now that I had given the time I spent on the English classics to contemporary literature, which I have not the least hesitation in saying I like vastly better.
As a general thing -- as far as I could make out -- these murderous adventures were not forays undertaken to avenge injuries, nor to settle old disputes or sudden fallings out; no, as a rule they were simply duels be- tween strangers -- duels between people who had never even been introduced to each other, and between whom existed no cause of offense whatever.
Encamped at a quarter before nine, in good time to touch his three- cornered hat to the oldest of men as they passed in to Tellson's, Jerry took up his station on this windy March morning, with young Jerry standing by him, when not engaged in making forays through the Bar, to inflict bodily and mental injuries of an acute description on passing boys who were small enough for his amiable purpose.
Make forays in fertile country in order to supply your army with food.
The consequence is numberless disputes and conflicts between them and the bee hunters: and often a party of the latter, returning, laden with rich spoil, from one of their forays, are apt to be waylaid by the native lords of the soil; their honey to be seized, their harness cut to pieces, and themselves left to find their way home the best way they can, happy to escape with no greater personal harm than a sound rib-roasting.
I have seen Frenchmen fight both in open field, in the intaking and the defending of towns or castlewicks, in escalados, camisades, night forays, bushments, sallies, outfalls, and knightly spear-runnings.