loot

noun
\ˈlüt \

Definition of loot 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : goods usually of considerable value taken in war : spoils The soldiers helped themselves to any loot that they could find.

2 : something held to resemble goods of value seized in war: such as

a : something appropriated illegally often by force or violence the thieves' loot

b : illicit gains by public officials

c : money would not … spend all that loot on her— Langston Hughes

3 : the action of looting general loot of church land— Hilaire Belloc

loot

verb
looted; looting; loots

Definition of loot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to plunder or sack in war

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

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

intransitive verb

: to engage in robbing or plundering especially in war

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Other Words from loot

Verb

looter noun

Synonyms for loot

Synonyms: Noun

booty, pillage, plunder, spoil, swag

Synonyms: Verb

despoil, maraud, pillage, plunder, ransack, sack

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Noun

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

Examples of loot in a Sentence

Noun

After raiding the town, the soldiers helped themselves to any loot that they could find. The thieves got a lot of loot in the robbery. He made a lot of loot selling cars.

Verb

The soldiers were looting every house that they came to. Soldiers swept through the territory, looting, burning, and killing.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There will also be exclusive in-game loot for Warframe and Player Unknown's Battlegrounds. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon Prime Day Deals start now: Save on Echo Show, movies, Twitch, and more," 3 July 2018 The Disney and Lucasfilm space western is expected to gross $150 million to $180 million during the long Memorial Day weekend, which should be enough loot to pay off Jabba if nothing else. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: From a galaxy far, far away ... heeere's Han!," 21 May 2018 Despite the scholarly ruminations about Cixi, many Chinese tourists seem more interested in her extravagant lifestyle and come to see what is left of the loot, much faded because of neglect by the Communist Party’s cultural administrators. New York Times, "Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer?," 10 July 2018 Two small carrots in the grass next to the driveway, where the dogs had spit out the vegetables among their loot. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Dogs steal mail carrier's lunch, then their apology note goes viral," 6 July 2018 Electronic Arts declined to comment on the risks to its loot-box efforts. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "The World Cup Matters to Electronic Arts’ Money-Maker," 26 June 2018 Eventually, the team got a hunch that maybe collecting too much loot within an Isz-type dungeon would lock them into the glitch. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Bloodborne’s most hardcore players find new secrets three years after release," 20 June 2018 Bombs that are acquired and launched by co-op groups will land somewhere on the actual map—and possibly impact other players—to clear a path for your co-op team to dig through the nuked wreckage, fight harder monsters, and acquire more loot. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Bethesda at E3: Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield confirmed for “next generation”," 11 June 2018 Accompanying Jones was good friend Jim Lucero, ready to help her carry the loot home. Ruth Sowby Rands, latimes.com, "On the Town: College’s ceramics sale raises funds for equipment," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At least seven people were killed and dozens of businesses were looted during the unrest. Ezequiel Abiu Lopez And Evens Sanon, chicagotribune.com, "Haiti's prime minister resigns after plan to raise fuel prices sparked deadly protests," 14 July 2018 Leveling also seems similar, and taking out enemy outposts certainly felt familiar, with the usual list of high-value targets to take out and loot to grab. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Hands-on: Assassin's Creed: Odyssey embraces Witcher-like RPG elements, and it's damned exciting," 12 June 2018 The United States Justice Department says $4.5 billion was looted from state investment fund 1MBD by associates of Najib between 2009 and 2014, including $700 million that landed in Najib's bank account. Eileen Ng And Stephen Wright, The Christian Science Monitor, "Opposition win ends 60-year rule, sending political tremors through Malaysia," 10 May 2018 Federal authorities later said that a third of the cities pharmacies were looted that night. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Remembering the Baltimore riots after Freddie Gray's death, 3 years later," 27 Apr. 2018 And, Khalaf said, the Peace Brigades have effectively policed themselves, immediately punishing members who were accused of looting shops, stealing civilian vehicles or acting imperiously. Washington Post, "Public enemy or savior? An Iraqi city could reveal the true Moqtada al-Sadr," 4 July 2018 Another 61 are suspected of being looted, and research on many more is not yet conclusive enough to rule out Nazi theft. New York Times, "French and Swiss Museums to Share a Cézanne With a Murky Past," 3 July 2018 Tensions have been running high over looting fears in Leilani Estates, where lava has been flowing since early May on Hawaii's Big Island. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Fox News, "Hawaii lava evacuee recounts neighborhood shooting near flow," 7 June 2018 National Guard troops are staffing checkpoints, and police are conducting roving patrols to reduce the risk of looting. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Lava flow from Hawaii volcano could last for weeks — and gas masks won't keep you safe," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of loot

Noun

circa 1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for loot

Noun

Hindi & Urdu lūṭ; akin to Sanskrit luṇṭati he plunders

Verb

see loot entry 1

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More Definitions for loot

loot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of loot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that is stolen or taken by force

loot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of loot (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.

loot

noun
\ˈlüt \

Kids Definition of loot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something stolen or taken by force

loot

verb
looted; looting

Kids Definition of loot (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from loot

looter noun

Legal Definition of loot 

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

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

intransitive verb

: to engage in robbing especially after a catastrophe

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looter noun

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