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loot

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noun \ˈlüt\

Simple Definition of loot

  • : something that is stolen or taken by force

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of loot

  1. 1 :  goods usually of considerable value taken in war :  spoils

  2. 2 :  something held to resemble goods of value seized in war: as a :  something appropriated illegally often by force or violence b :  illicit gains by public officials c :  money

  3. 3 :  the action of looting

Examples of loot in a sentence

  1. After raiding the town, the soldiers helped themselves to any loot that they could find.

  2. The thieves got a lot of loot in the robbery.

  3. He made a lot of loot selling cars.



Origin of loot

Hindi & Urdu lūṭ; akin to Sanskrit luṇṭati he plunders


First Known Use: circa 1788

Synonym Discussion of loot

spoil, plunder, booty, prize, loot mean something taken from another by force or craft. spoil, more commonly spoils, applies to what belongs by right or custom to the victor in war or political contest <the spoils of political victory>. plunder applies to what is taken not only in war but in robbery, banditry, grafting, or swindling <a bootlegger's plunder>. booty implies plunder to be shared among confederates <thieves dividing up their booty>. prize applies to spoils captured on the high seas or territorial waters of the enemy <the wartime right of seizing prizes at sea>. loot applies especially to what is taken from victims of a catastrophe <picked through the ruins for loot>.

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loot

verb

Simple Definition of loot

  • : to steal things from (a place, such as a store or house) during a war or after destruction has been caused by fire, rioting, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of loot

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to plunder or sack in war b :  to rob especially on a large scale and usually by violence or corruption

  3. 2 :  to seize and carry away by force especially in war

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to engage in robbing or plundering especially in war

looter noun

Examples of loot in a sentence

  1. The soldiers were looting every house that they came to.

  2. Soldiers swept through the territory, looting, burning, and killing.



1845

First Known Use of loot

1845


LOOT Defined for Kids

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loot

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noun \ˈlüt\

Definition of loot for Students

  1. :  something stolen or taken by force




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loot

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verb

Definition of loot for Students

lootedlooting

looter noun



Law Dictionary

loot

transitive verb

Legal Definition of loot

  1. 1 :  to rob especially during or following a catastrophe (as war, riot, or natural disaster)

  2. 2 :  to rob especially on a large scale and usually by violence or corruption

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to engage in robbing especially after a catastrophe

looter noun




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