loot

noun
\ ˈlüt How to pronounce loot (audio) \

Essential Meaning of loot

1 : something that is stolen or taken by force 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.
2 informal : money He made a lot of loot selling cars.

Full 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

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 So the team dug more, putting out public press releases regarding their search for Teodorin’s loot. Casey Michel, Rolling Stone, 8 Oct. 2021 Because both their accounts and stashes of in-game loot can be sold for tidy profits. Lee Mathews, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Now, with the intense interest in the question of colonial loot, the focus has also turned to them. Jürgen Zimmerer, Quartz, 4 Aug. 2021 Thanks to Hicks’ damning book, any argument against Benin bronze repatriation is like arguing against the return of Nazi Holocaust loot — a moral profanity. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 At the end of July, the company dropped its first set of NFTs, inspired by video game loot boxes, to carry that message to its audience in an entirely new way. Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 13 Sep. 2021 In 1981, a public works project in the area unearthed a bar of melted Aztec gold — a small part of the loot that the Spanish soldiers dropped in their retreat. Maria Verza, ajc, 13 Aug. 2021 This is about how cards, reputation and loot farming all interact. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Gameplay and the loot/leveling/adventuring loop is being described as similar to Borderlands with an open world, albeit one with no loading screens. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But another Ocean City resident, Danny Robinson, said approving the project would amount to allowing wind energy companies to loot the coast. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Many Saints fans reacted with fury, accusing the city and Benson of attempting to loot their home team. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Sep. 2021 Better loot, better activities, better farming objectives. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Collecting black orbs extends your time limit in the Mothership; collecting gold orbs grants you better loot. Erik Kain, Forbes, 22 June 2021 One hundred years ago, on May 31, 1921, a White mob descended on the prosperous Black neighborhood known as Black Wall Street and proceeded to burn, loot and kill until hundreds were dead and 35 city blocks were destroyed. Kate Sullivan, CNN, 1 June 2021 It’s usually the case that many games in the looter genre don’t quite get their endgame loot right at launch, and Outriders is no exception. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Zvonimir Jurlina of New York, who was also charged in the destruction, cheered on the stomping and encouraged the crowd to loot the media setup, prosecutors say. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, 1 July 2021 In 1933, the farmer hid the ancient skull inside a well, intending to keep it hidden from Japanese forces that occupied the city during World War II—fearing soldiers might loot it as a war treasure. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 25 June 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Loot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loot. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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

loot

transitive verb

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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