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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Verb

looter noun

Synonyms for loot

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The Civil War that keeps infringing on his three principals’ plans to cheat one another out of the loot is to Leone no more meaningful than mindless rams butting heads. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Sergio Leone’s Fistful of Opera," 2 May 2020 The United States, which has requested Chapo junior’s extradition on drug-trafficking charges and is keen to learn the whereabouts of Chapo senior’s $13bn of loot, may have leaned on Mexico to make the arrest. The Economist, "Lessons from a shootout in Sinaloa," 24 Oct. 2019 Fallout 4 was massive, but much of the content was simply another empty building full of loot. Matthew Gault, Time, "The Outer Worlds Makes Doing the Right Thing Both Fun and Impossible," 22 Oct. 2019 The myth was just true enough to keep people wondering: Where else might Hitler have hidden his loot? Thomas Rid, Wired, "Uncovering Operation NEPTUN, the Cold War’s Most Daring Disinformation Campaign," 15 Apr. 2020 The same rules apply: Once all the eggs are found, ask the participants to tally up their loot to reveal the winner. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Host a Virtual Easter Egg Hunt With Family and Friends While Social Distancing," 9 Apr. 2020 The world is awash in dirty money -- and criminals who are constantly finding new ways to hide their loot in real estate, art, securities, cryptocurrencies and old fashioned bank accounts. Edward Robinson | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "All About FATF, a Global Weapon to Fight Dirty Money," 17 Dec. 2019 This is not a ploy to steal his holiday loot (or violate any journalistic rules!), rather a plea to mix up the archaic gender assumptions that drive so much professional gift-giving. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Female Reporter’s Holiday Plea: Send Me the Same Stuff the Guys Get," 23 Nov. 2019 On round tables, several personal Nalgene water bottles sat next to JetBlue notebooks and pencils, and the odd pastel pink Valentine’s loot bag was tucked under a chair. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The best career advice for teens takes the unpredictable into account," 20 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s also a Plunder Mode in which teams of players compete to loot the most cash over 30 minutes. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Call of Duty's Warzone Hits the Battle Royale Sweet Spot," 11 Mar. 2020 In most battle royales, players land with no weapons or equipment and are required to loot to find that gear. Mike Hume, Washington Post, "What we know, and what we don’t, about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s battle royale," 17 Feb. 2020 At the same time, supermarkets and pharmacies were looted and several churches and public buildings burned. The Economist, "Remodelling the model Can Chile reinvent itself?," 12 Mar. 2020 Though the tombs, dubbed Tholos VI and Tholos VII, were looted in antiquity, they are still strewn with thousands of pieces of gold leaf that had once adorned their walls and floors, reports Nicholas Wade for the New York Times. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Artifacts in Gold-Lined Tombs Hint at Ancient Greek Trade Relationships," 18 Dec. 2019 Players report seeing dead NPCs, looted junk, and other abnormalities in their worlds from the jump, suggesting someone else had actually been using that virtual space before them. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Bethesda pledges to fix early “Fallout 1st” bugs and complaints," 25 Oct. 2019 Scott said burglaries remain a challenge, but the department has made several arrests and the district attorney’s office has charged those suspects with looting. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 17-18," 24 Apr. 2020 On the lawmakers’ agenda are dozens of laws, including fighting corruption in the country’s bloated public sector, a controversial draft about general amnesty, and restoring looted public funds. BostonGlobe.com, "UN food agency chief says world on brink of ‘a hunger pandemic’," 21 Apr. 2020 Newscasters fall ill and die horrible deaths on air, nations are left leaderless as heads of state and representative bodies collapse in a single day, grocery stores and malls become resources that must be looted for survival, often at great peril. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Flesh-eating apocalyptic films and shows didn’t prepare us for this pandemic’s horror," 2 Apr. 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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The first known use of loot was circa 1788

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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loot. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for loot

loot

noun
How to pronounce loot (audio)

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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