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1. A surprise attack by a small armed force.
2. A sudden forcible entry into a place by police: a raid on a gambling den.
3. An entrance into another's territory for the purpose of seizing goods or valuables.
4. A predatory operation mounted against a competitor, especially an attempt to lure away the personnel or membership of a competing organization.
5. An attempt to seize control of a company, as by acquiring a majority of its stock.
6. An attempt by speculators to drive stock prices down by coordinated selling.
v. raid·ed, raid·ing, raids
To make a raid on.
To conduct a raid or participate in one.

[Scots, raid on horseback, from Middle English rade, from Old English rād, a riding, road; see reidh- in Indo-European roots.]

raid′er n.
Word History: Raid and road both descend from the Old English word rād, which meant primarily "the act of riding" but could also be used specifically to describe an act of riding with hostile intent—that is, a raid. The ai in raid represents the standard development of the Old English vowel ā in Scots and the dialects of northern England, while the oa in road represents the standard development of Old English ā in the dialects of southern England. In the dialects of southern England, road retained its earlier senses of "journey on horseback" and "hostile foray" until the mid-1600s, when the modern sense "public way" became the most common meaning of the word. Later, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) helped popularize the northern form of the word, raid, through his collections of Scots ballads and his other writings. In the meaning "a military expedition on horseback," raid became part of the general vocabulary of English outside of Scotland and northern England. A trace of the earlier meaning of road, "foray, raid," can still be detected in the compound inroad, literally "a riding or advance into."


the activity of carrying out raids
taking part in a raid
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.raiding - characterized by plundering or pillaging or maraudingraiding - characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding; "bands of marauding Indians"; "predatory warfare"; "a raiding party"
offensive - for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"
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Lawyers for the claimants said the collapse of the electrical retailer in 2012 was "one of the more regrettable episodes of British corporate history" and "simply an old-fashioned corporate raid".
The prosecutor from Bishkek prosecutor's office, Eldar Madylbekov, was detained on charges with corporate raid and large scale fraud, the General Prosecutor's Office of Kyrgyzstan said.
The execution of a corporate raid typically involves the following three stages: (1) the raider creates or corruptly obtains a legal document establishing faux legal title to some assets, usually shares or real property of a business; (2) the raider carries out a forcible takeover of the target property; and (3) the raider launders the seized property through a series of shell companies to an ostensible "good faith purchaser" from whom it is essentially impossible to recover the property.
Soros unlawfully traded in SG shares after learning of a planned corporate raid on the bank.
The activist group, USAction, calls the bill a corporate raid, saying that assets currently available to asbestos victims total $21.4 billion, but that under the proposed trust, those assets would be decreased by $15.5 billion.
Soros was accused of having obtained insider information before the abortive corporate raid pushed up the stock price.
The possibility of a corporate raid is considered to be an effective tool for disciplining managers (Coughlin and Schmidt, 1985).
He said the handover would be conducted in a gentlemanly fashion after triumphing in the biggest corporate raid to date in Europe - a pounds 38 billion deal.
They said at that time the corporate raid was happening.

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