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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The thing is, there's a massive community of players out there who don't know these tricks or even have great loot to take on the challenge. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 But essentially just one map done for a tiny amount of loot leading to an underwhelming finale that was exactly the same as what came before, with a slightly different boss. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. is facing a class-action lawsuit over the deceptive sale of loot boxes to minors in its popular NBA 2K video game series. Cecilia D'anastasio, Bloomberg.com, 3 Mar. 2022 When Susie arrives back at the hotel laden with bags of free loot, the ladies simply cannot deal. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 22 Feb. 2022 In mid-December, Attorney General William Tong and Gov. Ned Lamont announced formation of a task force focused on curbing the supply and demand for loot from such crimes. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 4 Jan. 2022 Three families compete to break the 500-year-old curse of Emperor Montezuma and find a loot of precious metals, jewels and artifacts. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 Overwatch isn’t getting an open world or loot or anything like that. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 Her loot included microwave dog food and dog treats. John Benson, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2019, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill that would ban loot boxes in games aimed at players under 18. Cecilia D'anastasio, Bloomberg.com, 3 Mar. 2022 To loot the tomb, Bushman quickly resorts to violence, killing the lead archaeologist and others. Men's Health, 27 Apr. 2022 On Thursday, the US Treasury Department placed sanctions on the digital wallet the hackers used to loot the funds from Ronin Network. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 14 Apr. 2022 Roger Ng is most likely the only person who will face trial in the United States in connection with a scheme to loot billions from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 New YorkFormer Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng was convicted by a U.S. jury on Friday of conspiring to violate an anti-corruption law to help loot hundreds of millions of dollars from Malaysia's 1MDB development fund. Reuters, CNN, 8 Apr. 2022 But in reality, the app is a malicious program designed to loot the cryptocurrency funds of users, Trezor parent company SatoshiLabs warned in a blog post. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 4 Apr. 2022 But just as there's no one to enforce the handshake deal between two petty criminals, there's no global sovereign to punish cheaters who secretly build thousands of nukes or loot the ocean of every fish in sight. David Faris, The Week, 7 Dec. 2021 In other states, rioters were allowed to burn and loot and run rampant, but in Florida they were arrested and prosecuted. Marc Sarnoff, National Review, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Loot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loot. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for loot

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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