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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 ?
Wild adventurers they were, forayers and destroyers from the far lands beyond the Sea of Bering, who blasted the new and unknown world with fire and sword and clutched greedily for its wealth of fur and hide.
A later novel, perhaps William Gillmore Simm's 1855 book, The Forayers.
Simms thus demonstrates narratively what the character Willie Sinclair will argue explicitly in the forthcoming The Forayers (1856) and Eutaw (1857): the upper class must accommodate the upward social mobility of deserving members of the lower and middle classes.