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 is a complete and welcome absence of loot boxes or microtransactions—something that will no doubt come as welcome news. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forza Horizon 4 is the best open-world driving game you can buy," 28 Sep. 2018 These are pretty much like loot boxes without more detailed specifications. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Every custom GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti you can preorder, and why you shouldn't," 21 Aug. 2018 Epic's Fortnite had famously restricted its PS4 players from playing alongside other consoles in online play, but that restriction was eventually busted apart like a Fortnite loot piñata. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "PUBG’s “console exclusivity” may soon end, as loud hints of a PS4 version mount," 5 Nov. 2018 This saturated panel, also newly cleaned, shows a scene of almost Bosch-like horror in which a band of women attacks and loots hell itself. A.j. Goldmann, WSJ, "‘Bruegel’ Review: Enduring Fascination," 6 Oct. 2018 There wasn't much to the story, and level design took a nosedive thanks to an emphasis on randomized encounters, replayable missions, and a tedious loot grind. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Grab Shadow Warrior 2 for free as part of GOG.com's 10th birthday celebrations," 4 Oct. 2018 Head back to your table with your loot and check out your friends’ haul. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Argentina, Machines Are the New 'Sommeliers'," 12 Sep. 2018 That’s some big loot considering a training complex costs about one tenth as much to build as a main arena. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s future hockey hub? Inside the big money — and community — of NHL practice facilities," 19 Aug. 2018 Starting on Wednesday, Twitch Prime members are eligible to receive four new exclusive loot packages for Fortnite. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Amazon's Twitch Prime Members Are Getting Free 'Fortnite' Loot," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Millions of fans took to the streets to celebrate, but a small number of them clashed with police—and some nearby buildings were looted and had their windows smashed. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How France is Celebrating Its World Cup Victory," 16 July 2018 Stories say that during the Civil War, Federal troops took over the grounds during their occupation of the city and changed the dates on many of the headstones, while also looting and desecrating the place. David Duran, Country Living, "I Captured Something Disturbing on Camera at Savannah's Sorrel-Weed House," 11 Oct. 2016 After some convenience stores were looted on Sunday, Interior Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said the government would reimburse the owners for losses. Ben Otto, WSJ, "‘We Just Ran’: Scale of Tsunami Horror Emerges in Indonesia," 1 Oct. 2018 Countries like Benin and Ethiopia, among others, have long requested that artifacts that were plundered or looted by European armies be returned. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "European museums may “loan” stolen artifacts back to countries in Africa," 17 Aug. 2018 Not only will loot boxes not be in Forza Horizon 4, but Turn 10 is going back and removing them from Forza 7. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Forza 7 removes loot boxes, Forsaken remastered, and Nintendo sues ROM sites," 27 July 2018 Rioters looted and burned stores three blocks south of the rowhouse. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 In December 1949, DiFronzo and an accomplice were looting the Fey-Manning dress shop at 304 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago when they were surprised by police. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Reputed Chicago Outfit boss John DiFronzo dies at 89," 30 May 2018 But in April 1788, after desperate students began looting the graves of upper-class citizens, public outrage boiled over, leading to two days of anarchy often called the Doctors’ Riots. Keith Williams, New York Times, "When New York Medical Students Were Body Snatchers," 26 Apr. 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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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

Other Words from loot

looter noun

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