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FORAY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does foray mean? 

FORAY (noun)
  The noun FORAY has 2 senses:

1. a sudden short attack
2. an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)

  Familiarity information: FORAY used as a noun is rare.


FORAY (verb)
  The verb FORAY has 2 senses:

1. steal goods; take as spoils
2. briefly enter enemy territory

  Familiarity information: FORAY used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORAY (noun)


Sense 1foray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden short attack

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

foray; maraud; raid

Hypernyms ("foray" is a kind of...):

incursion; penetration (an attack that penetrates into enemy territory)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "foray"):

air attack; air raid (an attack by armed planes on a surface target)

swoop (a very rapid raid)


Sense 2foray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

scientists' forays into politics

Hypernyms ("foray" is a kind of...):

attempt; effort; endeavor; endeavour; try (earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something)


FORAY (verb)


Sense 1foray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Steal goods; take as spoils

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

reave; pillage; rifle; foray; despoil; ransack; loot; plunder; strip

Context example:

During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners

Hypernyms (to "foray" is one way to...):

take (take by force)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "foray"):

deplume; displume (strip of honors, possessions, or attributes)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2foray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Briefly enter enemy territory

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "foray" is one way to...):

penetrate; perforate (pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


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