foray (n.) late 14c., Scottish, from the verb (14c.), perhaps a back formation of M.E. forreyer "raider, forager" (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. forrier, from forrer "to forage" (see FORAGE (Cf. forage)). Disused by 18c.; revived by Scott.

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  • foray — UK US /ˈfɒreɪ/ noun [C] ► a short involvement in an activity, an area, or a market that is different from a person or company s usual one: a foray into sth »This is the company s first foray into the US market. »The supermarket has made a foray… …   Financial and business terms

  • Foray — For ay (f[o^]r [asl] or f[ o]*r[=a] ; 277), n. [Another form of forahe. Cf. {Forray}.] A sudden or irregular incursion in border warfare; hence, any irregular incursion for war or spoils; a raid. Spenser. [1913 Webster] The huge Earl Doorm …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foray — For ay, v. t. To pillage; to ravage. [1913 Webster] He might foray our lands. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foray — ► NOUN 1) a sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory. 2) a brief but spirited attempt to become involved in a new activity. ► VERB ▪ make or go on a foray. DERIVATIVES forayer noun. ORIGIN from Old French forrier forager …   English terms dictionary

  • foray — I noun aggression, armed attack, attack, brigandage, depredation, drive, hostile invasion, incursion, inimical descent, inroad, invasion, looting, maraud, offense, offensive, pillaging, plundering, predatory incursion, push, raid, ransack, razzia …   Law dictionary

  • foray — [n] incursion, attempt attack, depredation, descent, inroad, invasion, irruption, raid, reconnaissance, sally, sortie; concepts 86,90,159 Ant. abstention, idleness, laziness …   New thesaurus

  • foray — [fôr′ā] vt., vi. [ME forraien, prob. back form. < forreier, forager < OFr forrier < forrer, to forage < forre: see FORAGE] to raid for spoils; plunder; pillage n. [ME forrai] a sudden attack or raid in order to seize or steal things …   English World dictionary

  • Foray — June Foray June Foray (* 18. September 1917 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA) ist eine US amerikanische Synchronsprecherin. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Karriere …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • foray — n. 1) to make a foray 2) a bold foray 3) a foray into * * * [ fɒreɪ] a bold foray a foray into to make a foray …   Combinatory dictionary

  • foray — for|ay [ˈfɔreı US ˈfo: , ˈfa: ] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: forrer, from forre; FORAGE2] 1.) a short attempt at doing a particular job or activity, especially one that is very different from what you usually do foray into ▪ It will… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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