loot

noun
\ ˈlüt \

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

Despite the scholarly ruminations about Cixi, many Chinese tourists seem more interested in her extravagant lifestyle and come to see what is left of the loot, much faded because of neglect by the Communist Party’s cultural administrators. New York Times, "Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer?," 10 July 2018 Two small carrots in the grass next to the driveway, where the dogs had spit out the vegetables among their loot. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Dogs steal mail carrier's lunch, then their apology note goes viral," 6 July 2018 Electronic Arts declined to comment on the risks to its loot-box efforts. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "The World Cup Matters to Electronic Arts’ Money-Maker," 26 June 2018 Eventually, the team got a hunch that maybe collecting too much loot within an Isz-type dungeon would lock them into the glitch. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Bloodborne’s most hardcore players find new secrets three years after release," 20 June 2018 Bombs that are acquired and launched by co-op groups will land somewhere on the actual map—and possibly impact other players—to clear a path for your co-op team to dig through the nuked wreckage, fight harder monsters, and acquire more loot. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Bethesda at E3: Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield confirmed for “next generation”," 11 June 2018 Accompanying Jones was good friend Jim Lucero, ready to help her carry the loot home. Ruth Sowby Rands, latimes.com, "On the Town: College’s ceramics sale raises funds for equipment," 4 June 2018 Epic Games just launched an update to the game, which has surged into mainstream consciousness thanks to hip hop star Drake, where players can visit nearby vending machines for loot. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Fortnite' adds vending machines. This is why it's a big deal," 5 Apr. 2018 According to Professor Li’s research, the thieves sold the loot to a local dealer, who mounted the silk on paper and displayed it in his shop. Ian Johnson, New York Times, "How a Chinese Manuscript Written 2,300 Years Ago Ended Up in Washington," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At least three people died, businesses were burned and looted, and Haitians and tourists were stuck in their places of employment and hotels, some for as long as three days. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti’s low fuel prices unfairly benefit the rich and need to be raised, IMF says," 12 July 2018 But much of the city and the country shut down as most businesses remained closed because of protests and looting and a general strike on Monday that halted the minibuses and taxis that most Haitians depend on to get to work and school. BostonGlobe.com, "General strike, unrest over fuel prices continue in Haiti," 10 July 2018 Hancock, one of the Monuments Men who recovered artworks looted by the Nazis, was a PAFA alumnus and later chaired the school’s sculpture department. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "PAFA acquires California press' prints by African American artists," 5 July 2018 The demonstrators stormed the national intelligence agency’s offices in the city of Maimana, then looted and destroyed the provincial governor’s compound, according to Hashim Urtaq, a legislator who was reached by phone in the city. Sayed Salahuddin, Washington Post, "Strongman’s loyalists show Taliban isn’t only threat in Afghanistan," 4 July 2018 The inside of the convenience store was looted when police arrived, and the front doors had several bullet holes, Crowson said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Fight leads to gunfire, injuring 1 at south central Houston convenience store," 9 May 2018 The Hellers returned from a two-month vacation in August 1988 to find their 16th-floor Manhattan East Side apartment had been looted of more than $750,000 in art and jewels, The Associated Press reported at the time. Fox News, "FBI recovers valuable Chagall painting stolen in New York City 30 years ago," 13 Apr. 2018 Several of the businesses were looted before the fires were started. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee community activist Vaun Mayes charged in Sherman Park firebomb plot," 2 July 2018 Clashes are deadlier, too, thanks to guns looted from the arsenals of Libya’s former dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, and smuggled around the region. The Economist, "Fighting between Nigerian farmers and herders is getting worse," 7 June 2018

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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

Hindi & Urdu lūṭ; akin to Sanskrit luṇṭati he plunders

Verb

see loot entry 1

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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 \

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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