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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 ?
The tale was told of old Brouwer, a most heretical disbeliever in ghosts, how he met the Horseman returning from his foray into Sleepy Hollow, and was obliged to get up behind him; how they galloped over bush and brake, over hill and swamp, until they reached the bridge; when the Horseman suddenly turned into a skeleton, threw old Brouwer into the brook, and sprang away over the tree-tops with a clap of thunder.
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.
Some obtain these testimonials with good intentions, others put them to a cunning use; for when they go to pillage on Christian territory, if they chance to be cast away, or taken prisoners, they produce their certificates and say that from these papers may be seen the object they came for, which was to remain on Christian ground, and that it was to this end they joined the Turks in their foray.
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.
With what heart can any of the Achaeans do your bidding, either on foray or in open fighting?
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.
They were regaled also with a war-feast at the village; the Osage warriors having returned from a successful foray against the loways, in which they had taken seven scalps.
though he did not know it), he blundered upon meat just outside his own cave-door on his first foray into the world.
yes, ye would not credit it to look at him, or to hearken to his soft voice, but from the sailing from Orwell down to the foray to Paris, and that is clear twenty years, there was not a skirmish, onfall, sally, bushment, escalado or battle, but Sir Nigel was in the heart of it.
For my part, I feel that with regard to Nature I live a sort of border life, on the confines of a world into which I make occasional and transient forays only, and my patriotism and allegiance to the state into whose territories I seem to retreat are those of a moss-trooper.
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.