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ˈfɔr eɪ, ˈfɒr eɪfor·ay

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foray, raid, maraudnoun

    a sudden short attack

  2. forayverb

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

    "scientists' forays into politics"

  3. plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle, ransack, pillage, forayverb

    steal goods; take as spoils

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

  4. forayverb

    briefly enter enemy territory

Wiktionary

  1. foraynoun

    A sudden or irregular incursion in border warfare; hence, any irregular incursion for war or spoils; a raid.

    Etymology: From forrayen, a back-formation of forrayour, forreour, forrier, from forrier, fourrier, a derivative of fuerre, of origin, from *, from fōdran, from patrom. Cognate with fuotar ( Futter), fodor, foþor, voeder, foder, fóðr. More at fodder, food.

  2. foraynoun

    A brief excursion or attempt especially outside one's accustomed sphere.

    Etymology: From forrayen, a back-formation of forrayour, forreour, forrier, from forrier, fourrier, a derivative of fuerre, of origin, from *, from fōdran, from patrom. Cognate with fuotar ( Futter), fodor, foþor, voeder, foder, fóðr. More at fodder, food.

  3. forayverb

    To scour (an area or place) for food, treasure, booty etc.

    Etymology: From forrayen, a back-formation of forrayour, forreour, forrier, from forrier, fourrier, a derivative of fuerre, of origin, from *, from fōdran, from patrom. Cognate with fuotar ( Futter), fodor, foþor, voeder, foder, fóðr. More at fodder, food.

  4. forayverb

    To pillage; to ravage.

    Etymology: From forrayen, a back-formation of forrayour, forreour, forrier, from forrier, fourrier, a derivative of fuerre, of origin, from *, from fōdran, from patrom. Cognate with fuotar ( Futter), fodor, foþor, voeder, foder, fóðr. More at fodder, food.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foraynoun

    a sudden or irregular incursion in border warfare; hence, any irregular incursion for war or spoils; a raid

    Etymology: [Another form of forahe. Cf. Forray.]

  2. Forayverb

    to pillage; to ravage

    Etymology: [Another form of forahe. Cf. Forray.]

Freebase

  1. Foray

    A foray was a traditional method of law enforcement in Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. In view of the weakness of the executive in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, it was used by members of the szlachta to defend their rights. In legal practice, foray was sanctioned by starosta officials, and was the fourth step in the execution of a legal ruling. After the guilty party refused to abandon the disputed property, starosta would call his supporters as well as opponents of the guilty party and attempt to remove the guilty party from his manor. Since the mid-17th century, forays were increasingly done without a legal sanction simply when a member of szlachta would gather his supporters and raid an estate of his opponent. They would become a common occurrence during the period of noble's anarchy in the Commonwealth. In literature, forays were most famously portrayed in Adam Mickiewicz's Pan Tadeusz, as well as in The Trilogy of Henryk Sienkiewicz.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Foray

    for′ā, n. a sudden incursion into an enemy's country.—v.t. to ravage.—n. For′ayer. [Ety. obscure, but ult. identical with forage (q.v.).]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. foray

    A plundering incursion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foray in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foray in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of foray in a Sentence

  1. Lou Eccleston:

    Cattle is for us simply the first foray into what we think is a pretty long list of opportunities.

  2. Rob Berschinski:

    Secretary Pompeo's speech today on the' Commission on the Unalienable Rights' loosely clothed a foray into the culture wars under the seal of the US State Department, secretary Pompeo need to ground the relationship between citizens and their government in religious terms is both antiquated and alarming. Secretary Pompeo insistence on bashing major American news organizations during a speech about America's foundational principles is cynical, if in keeping with the views of President Donald Trump.

  3. Libby Armintrout:

    It’s obvious that the Facebook CEO shares this high regard for his mom. During the town hall meeting with the prime minister of India in 2015, one of the topics he asked the prime minister about was about his mother. And it turns out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did n’t look too far from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mom in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg choice of spouse, whom Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg married in 2012. Like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mother, wife Priscilla Chan is an understated physician who shuns the spotlight. Related : From Under the Hoodie : 5 Entrepreneurial Lessons From Mark Zuckerberg When talking about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mother, Microsoft founder Mary Maxell Gates, currently the richest man in the world, with an estimated worth $ 76.7 billion, has often spoken about a letter she wrote to his then-fianc Melinda the day before their wedding. From those to whom much is given, much is expected, her letter read. Mary Maxell Gates, a long-time philanthropist, died six months later at the age of 64 of breast cancer. Mary Maxell Gates kept Mary Maxell Gates mother’s letter, and Mary Maxell Gates swift foray into the world of philanthropy, establishing The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation with the help of Mary Maxell Gates father, Bill Sr., has been due to the influence of Mary Maxell Gates mother, a formidable business mind in her own right. Mary was a top student at her high school and in college, where she met her husband, a lawyer. They had three children. She threw herself into volunteering and served on the boards of numerous prominent organizations, including the United Way, where she first served as the county chair and, later, the first female national chair. She convinced her son, who was CEO of Microsoft at the time, to start the Employees Giving Campaign at Microsoft to benefit the United Way and other charities. ( He later join the board.) The considerable list of boards she served on is impressive, and when she was appointed to the board of regents of University of Washington in 1975, she spearheaded the move to divest the university’s holding in apartheid South Africa. According to her daughter, Libby Armintrout, Libby Armintrout was an extremely engaged parent and had high expectations of all Libby Armintrout children. Not just grades and that sort of thing, but how we behaved in public, how we would be socially.

  4. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman:

    For many consumers, a trip to the automotive parts store can be a confusing foray into unfamiliar territory, when retailers are not transparent and accurate in their pricing, consumers suffer.

  5. Brian Kessens:

    Something tells me this isn't going to be the last foray between these companies.

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