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

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 Today’s pirates sail the cyber seas searching for loot, by ransom or theft. Thomas Ayres, WSJ, 13 May 2021 After nearly a month since the issue started hitting players, Outriders is now starting to roll out gear restoration after inventory wipes cost players all their loot and wouldn’t even let many log in. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Back when Cha Oc Gia Huy was just a single, slender storefront in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Garden Grove, Calif., customers visiting from the East Coast would bring coolers into the shop to haul their loot back home. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2021 Participants were eager to make a dash for the multi-colored loot that sprinkled the church’s front lawn. David Sharos, chicagotribune.com, 27 Mar. 2021 After suggesting David present himself like a loot box from a game — a package with a tempting exterior that hides the garbage inside — Brad comes up with an idea to improve his online dating skills. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 14 May 2021 This genre rewards aggressive gameplay, often encouraging members to continuously hunt down opponents and quickly grab loot. Washington Post, 4 May 2021 The loot from Drake’s voyage transformed Elizabeth’s financial position. Allan Massie, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 Praetorian Foil – This is an actual, traditional fusion rifle from the Vault of Glass loot pool that could be coming back as well. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Soldiers went on to loot the kingdom’s riches, telling British authorities that the ivory alone would cover the cost of the mission. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Brooklyn Center, the city where Wright died, has been roiled by four consecutive nights of unrest as rioters take to the streets, loot businesses and clash with law enforcement. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, 14 Apr. 2021 But Biden made no mention of the rioting that also occurred, although authorities from around the country for months warned that bad actors were exploiting legitimate protests to loot and damage property, commit arson and -- in some cases -- murder. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, 21 Apr. 2021 Earlier in the evening, news helicopter footage showed people appearing to break in and loot a Foot Locker store and another business in that area. NBC News, 28 Oct. 2020 Case-in-point: The story of Adamo Canto, a 37-year-old catering assistant at Buckingham Palace who is currently serving jail time for stealing from the Queen's royal residence and then selling the stole loot on eBay. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 10 Jan. 2021 Under Napoleon’s rule, the French occupied Venice and proceeded to loot it, damaging parts of the city including the Venetian Arsenal—and destroying many of the bocche di leone. Kasia Dietz, Travel, 4 Jan. 2021 Two items that will be near the top of the priority list are high on DeSantis' agenda: increasing penalties on protesters who attack police or loot property, and protecting businesses from lawsuits related to the coronavirus pandemic. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Nov. 2020 Police in Douglasville, Georgia, are searching for suspects reportedly seen using a U-Haul to smash into a local sporting goods store to loot items. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, 12 Nov. 2020

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Loot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loot. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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