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loot

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noun \ˈlüt\

Definition of loot

  1. 1 :  goods usually of considerable value taken in war :  spoils The soldiers helped themselves to any loot that they could find.

  2. 2 :  something held to resemble goods of value seized in war: such asa :  something appropriated illegally often by force or violence the thieves' lootb :  illicit gains by public officialsc :  money would not … spend all that loot on her — Langston Hughes

  3. 3 :  the action of looting general loot of church land — Hilaire Belloc

Examples of loot in a Sentence

  1. After raiding the town, the soldiers helped themselves to any loot that they could find.

  2. The thieves got a lot of loot in the robbery.

  3. He made a lot of loot selling cars.

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Origin and Etymology of loot

Hindi & Urdu lūṭ; akin to Sanskrit luṇṭati he plunders

Synonym Discussion of loot

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

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loot

verb

Definition of loot

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to plunder or sack in warb :  to rob especially on a large scale and usually by violence or corruption

  3. 2 :  to seize and carry away by force especially in war

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to engage in robbing or plundering especially in war

looter

noun

Examples of loot in a Sentence

  1. The soldiers were looting every house that they came to.

  2. Soldiers swept through the territory, looting, burning, and killing.

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Origin and Etymology of loot

see 1loot


LOOT Defined for English Language Learners

loot

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noun

Definition of loot for English Language Learners

  • : something that is stolen or taken by force

loot

verb

Definition of loot for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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loot

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noun \ˈlüt\

Definition of loot for Students

  1. :  something stolen or taken by force


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loot

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verb

Definition of loot for Students

looted

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looting

looter

noun

Law Dictionary

loot

transitive verb

Legal Definition of loot

  1. 1 :  to rob especially during or following a catastrophe (as war, riot, or natural disaster)

  2. 2 :  to rob especially on a large scale and usually by violence or corruption

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to engage in robbing especially after a catastrophe

looter

noun


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