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

Epic had already removed loot boxes from the game before the lawsuit. Washington Post, "Video game ‘loot boxes’ are going away and it could crush Rocket League’s black market," 27 Aug. 2019 In May, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would ban loot boxes in games aimed at players under 18. Ben Brody, BostonGlobe.com, "Major players in video game industry change policies to address ‘loot box’ criticism," 8 Aug. 2019 This requirement will apply to all new games and includes updates to current games that add loot boxes through in-game purchases. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo Vow to Disclose Odds of Loot Boxes on Their Platforms," 7 Aug. 2019 But the men behind the 2015 burglary of Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd. in London’s jewelry district — considered the greatest heist in Britain’s history, with loot totaling at least 14 million pounds — were every bit as amusing. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: The Music of Birdsong, Captives Onstage and a Poet in Love," 6 July 2019 Mendes and Barraza play Ester and Teresa, who run a lakeside boardinghouse but make their real money from killing human traffickers and taking their loot. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Nicolas Cage has ‘A Score to Settle’; plus ‘The Operative’ and more," 1 Aug. 2019 The group was located by a citizen who told the youths to return their loot. oregonlive.com, "Woman attempts late-night fishing over open manhole with make-shift pole: Forest Grove police log," 17 July 2019 One employee alerted the detective while the other confronted the suspects, who then fled with their loot, officials said. Kim Fu, The Mercury News, "Teens arrested in Marin burglary may be linked to Bay Area thefts," 29 June 2019 After a stint in prison, the old friends make a bold play, raiding the unassuming-looking storage facility where their bosses stash their loot. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Reviews for ‘Daughter of the Wolf,’ ‘Lost Angelas,’ ‘Head Count,’ ‘Killer Unicorn,’ ‘Vault’," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Latasha Wisniewski, 38, used the false promise of romance to gain the trust of Charles Bauer, an 89-year-old Korean War veteran and widower, then looted much of his life’s savings in a matter of months, prosecutors said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Strongsville woman found guilty of looting ailing Korean War vet’s bank account through phony marriage promise," 3 Sep. 2019 The new excavation—which has also put a stop to looting—has opened a window on early post-Hellenistic culture. Chiara Goia, Smithsonian, "The New Treasures of Pompeii," 21 Aug. 2019 Historically called Edo, the city was the center of a great kingdom for centuries until 1897, when British troops massacred hundreds, looted priceless artworks, and banished the oba, or king, whom citizens worshipped as a demigod. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 Just before Biden entered politics, the National Guard had kept the largely black city of Wilmington on lockdown for nine months in response to looting and racial violence that followed Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "On race, Joe Biden’s choices in Delaware years ago haunt his White House bid today," 11 July 2019 The militants were guaranteed a safe route out and allowed to keep weapons and cash looted from the city — up to $100 million by some estimates — according to five sources, including military, security and government officials. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 Militias backed by Rwanda and Uganda energetically loot Congo’s minerals. The Economist, "How do you reform a country where gunmen torch Ebola clinics?," 2 Aug. 2019 Among the 50 misdemeanors Villanueva removed from the list were looting and forging a driver’s license. Maya Lau, latimes.com, "ICE still playing role in L.A. jails despite Sheriff Villanueva kicking agents out," 25 June 2019 Riots erupted; stores were looted, windows smashed with bricks. New York Times, "How Joe Biden Became the Democrats’ Anti-Busing Crusader," 15 July 2019

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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

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looter noun

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