Definition of foray in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôrˌā/
Pronunciation: /ˈfärˌā/


1A sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory, especially to obtain something; a raid: the garrison made a foray against Richard’s camp figurative he made another foray to the bar
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  • And then there were the forays into enemy territory, expeditions to raid another pack's street corner - or, as often, to defend our own.
  • The aim was to establish a base camp of three points from which they could make forays into enemy territory.
  • The Bulls dominated the territory and possession in the first quarter, launching attacking forays deep into Lions territory.
raid, attack, assault, incursion, swoop, strike, onslaught, sortie, sally, push, thrust
archaic onset
1.1An attempt to become involved in a new activity or sphere: my first foray into journalism
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  • As for the sleazy clientele, my brief foray into the world of porn stardom revealed a crowd made up not of lone perverts in search of thrills, but young people who were up for a bit of a laugh.
  • So Lady Vee had only a brief foray into the realm of dating.
  • After a brief foray into politics, she returned to where she is most comfortable - in the company of words.


[no object]
Make or go on a foray: the place into which they were forbidden to foray
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  • We are also foraying into commercial property to build a five-acre tech park in Whitefield with a 12-storey tower for the knowledge industry.
  • This is the first time that a new generation private sector bank is foraying into the Russian market to cater to the growing retail and trade finance demand in the country.
  • Spurred by the urge for excellence, Indian women are foraying into the rarified entrepreneurial space.



Example sentences
  • It seems a shame, nevertheless, that forayers are not being given the opportunity to record latitude and longitude information which is so readily available from Ordnance Survey maps.
  • Since most forayers had never seen this species before, I'm sure it will bring back fond memories for the 180 or so people who attended.
  • In addition to rubbing shoulders with a live famous mycologist, forayers generally expect a lecture about some absorbing topic.


Middle English: back-formation from forayer 'a person who forays,' from Old French forrier 'forager', from fuerre 'straw' (see forage).

Words that rhyme with foray


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Syllabification: for·ay

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