loot

noun
\ ˈlüt How to pronounce loot (audio) \

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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Verb

looter noun

Synonyms for loot

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Often these are very young people — Four Days is the story of a boy who gets roped by his older brother into taking part in a bank robbery, and then wanders alone with the loot in the wilds of Quebec after things don’t go as planned. Michael Washburn, National Review, "Standing Up for Canada’s Most Vulnerable," 26 Sep. 2020 For example, in many games that place players on a never-ending escalator of loot in order to achieve that perfect character build, shiny new items not only boost your power, but are also reflected by increasing levels of visual flair. Phuc Pham, Wired, "Marvel's Avengers Is a Multiplayer Hero-Spree You Can Skip," 4 Sep. 2020 Individuals and nations also fight out of supposedly cool calculation, to gain something—whether land, loot or slaves—without paying too high a cost. Margaret Macmillan, WSJ, "The World That War Has Made," 2 Oct. 2020 Instead gamers pay for downloadable content and loot crates to alter the game. David Silverberg, Popular Mechanics, "Game Breaking: How Cheat Codes Changed Video Games Forever," 27 Sep. 2020 The Department of Justice charged Chinese hackers with breaking into video game companies in connection with a digital loot fencing scheme. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable," 19 Sep. 2020 Peaceful protesters, who make up the vast majority of those on the streets, can't control those who take advantage of the situation to destroy property and loot buildings. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: Another sad chapter," 30 Aug. 2020 Hileman forgot her tools but made do with a hammer to dig and a small cooler to carry the loot. Ashley Stimpson, National Geographic, "Dig in! This nature reserve wants you to make a mess," 15 Sep. 2020 Filming from a gorgeous bathroom that appears to have a chandelier hanging over a soaking tub, Kesha opens her loot and revels in the products like she's been in the vlogging game for years. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kesha's Skin-Care Routine Includes a Butt Mask," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rioters also appeared to loot a nearby gas station mart. Fox News, "Wisconsin federal prosecutor warns against unrest after officer avoids charges in fatal shooting of Black teen," 8 Oct. 2020 Cybercriminals have long used the software to loot their victims. Washington Post, "Google to pay $1 billion to some publishers for news, starting in Germany and Brazil," 1 Oct. 2020 Home networks are a major target for cybercriminals, who use innocuous smart gadgets as stepping stones to loot data from PCs and phones. Frank Bajak, USA TODAY, "Breaking into your life via Wi-Fi: It's time to secure your home network," 9 Sep. 2020 In one case, Beth said a post warned that buses of people from Wauwatosa were headed to Kenosha suburbs to burn and loot residential homes. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Most of those arrested in Kenosha protests, unrest are from outside city; sheriff warns of online misinformation," 31 Aug. 2020 Home networks are a major target for cybercriminals, who use innocuous smart gadgets as stepping stones to loot data from PCs and phones. Frank Bajak, USA TODAY, "Breaking into your life via Wi-Fi: It's time to secure your home network," 9 Sep. 2020 Home networks are a major target for cybercriminals, who use innocuous smart gadgets as stepping stones to loot data from PCs and phones. Frank Bajak, USA TODAY, "Breaking into your life via Wi-Fi: It's time to secure your home network," 9 Sep. 2020 The group thinks someone called ahead and told gas station owners that a mob was coming to loot and burn down their stores. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The whole country's watching now': After 100 days marching, Milwaukee protesters want to live up to the past and change the future," 5 Sep. 2020 Officers occasionally sprayed a chemical deterrent and arrested a few people attempting to loot the Foot Locker. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis mayor sets a curfew, calls for National Guard after downtown stores looted, windows smashed," 27 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'loot.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 and Verb

Hindi & Urdu lūṭ; akin to Sanskrit luṇṭati he plunders

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Time Traveler for loot

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The first known use of loot was circa 1788

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Last Updated

19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loot. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for loot

loot

noun
How to pronounce loot (audio)

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 How to pronounce loot (audio) \

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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