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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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

The Division 2 is a third-person multiplayer cover shooter with a lot of loot. Matthew Gault, Time, "The Best Video Games of 2019 (So Far)," 26 June 2019 Defeat waves of enemies, contend with traps, solve simple puzzles, and pick up oodles of loot along the way. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Minecraft Dungeons hands-on: A shameless Diablo clone—and better for it," 12 June 2019 The mobile video game market is overflowing with games that constantly beg you to spend a few bucks to open loot boxes or speed up the grow time on your crops. Matthew Gault, Time, "The Best Video Games of 2019 (So Far)," 26 June 2019 Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have cited the industry’s record profits when criticizing other behaviors, including the use of loot boxes. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Bernie Sanders applauds the gaming industry’s push for unionization," 18 June 2019 In the center of India, the city of Pune and the Maratha hills, flush with loot, entered their golden age. The New York Review of Books, "‘Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India’," 17 June 2019 The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act would bar video games from selling loot boxes — the name given to in-game prize packs available for purchase that can enhance a user’s odds of success — to players younger than 18. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, "Even in a ‘golden age’ for gaming, video game trade group’s new CEO faces challenges," 6 June 2019 The Most Creative Artist Gifts A new EAMC awards category spotlights the eclectic loot that venues are dishing out to attract top-tier artists. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Naming Rights, Inclusion & The $244 Billion Millennial/Gen Z Bubble: Inside The 2019 Event & Arena Marketing Conference," 4 June 2019 The developer added a rock-paper-scissors emote so players could engage in friendly contests to settle loot disputes. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite’s ‘50 v 50’ mode is teaching players how to be less selfish," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But there are tantalizing clues that the rising groundwater kept grave robbers from looting Nastasen’s tomb. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Dive beneath the pyramids of Egypt’s black pharaohs," 2 July 2019 During the next week, more than 60 people died and more than 2,000 were injured amid looting and fires. Makeda Easter, latimes.com, "How guerrilla art on the streets of South L.A. confronts scars from the 1992 riots," 18 June 2019 Officers of the regular army are hostile to Mr Dagalo’s ambitions and furious that an ill-disciplined militia is looting the capital. The Economist, "How to stop Sudan sliding into war," 14 June 2019 After Rowland was arrested, an armed white mob spent 24 hours looting and burning homes, schools, libraries, movie theaters, and other businesses. Teen Vogue, "Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, Explained," 31 May 2019 An Apple store employee said the shop got lucky, unlike the U.S. technology company’s store in the city of Bordeaux in southwest France, which was broken into and looted by dozens of young men, some of whom were arrested. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "French Riots Inflict Pain on Paris’s Shopkeepers," 13 Dec. 2018 Its once-gleaming buildings are dark and brooding — windows gone, interiors looted, hallways littered with crumbling books. Dallas News, "Decades after nuclear disaster, tourism is booming at Chernobyl," 18 June 2019 But many recent pits dug directly into burial sites around Mongolia, some that are more than 3,000 years old, suggest modern day looting is on the rise. Julia Kate Clark, Smithsonian, "As Mongolia Melts, Looters Close In On Priceless Artifacts," 11 Apr. 2018 They are accused of conspiring with a Malaysian financier named Jho Low to loot 1MDB and pay bribes to foreign officials. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman CEO Defends Firm on 1MDB Accusations," 21 Dec. 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 and Verb

Hindi & Urdu lūṭ; akin to Sanskrit luṇṭati he plunders

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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 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

Other Words from loot

looter noun

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