for·ay (fôrā′, fŏrā′)
1. A sudden raid or military advance.
2. A venture or an initial attempt, especially outside one's usual area: an actor's foray into politics.
v. for·ayed, for·ay·ing, for·ays
1. To make a raid.
2. To make inroads, as for profit or adventure.
[Middle English forrai, from forraien, to plunder, probably back-formation from forreour, raider, plunderer, from Old French forrier, from forrer, to forage; see FORAGE.]
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