raider

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
raid•er  (rādər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person or thing that raids.
  2. Militarya commando, ranger, or the like, specially trained to participate in military raids.
  3. a light, fast warship, aircraft, etc., used in such a raid.
  4. Businessa person who seizes control of a company, as by secretly buying stock and gathering proxies.
  5. Informal Termsa person who works within an organization for the purpose of gathering evidence of wrongdoing.
[1860–65;
raid + -er1]

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
raid /reɪd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a sudden assault, attack, or other act of entering:a police raid on a narcotics ring; an air raid.
  2. an effort to attract away a competitor's employees, members, etc.

v. 
  1. to make a raid (on): [no object]The Vikings pillaged and raided.[+ object]The army raided enemy supply lines.
raid•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
raid  (rād),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a sudden assault or attack, as upon something to be seized or suppressed:a police raid on a gambling ring.
  2. Militarya 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. Business[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. 
  1. to engage in a raid.
  • 1375–1425; Middle English (north and Scots) ra(i)de, Old English rād expedition, literally, a riding; doublet of road
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged seizure.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged incursion, invasion, inroad.

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