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 total value of the loot is the subject two lawsuits filed in August: one lodged by Brink’s against the affected jewelry companies, and another brought by the jewelers against the Richmond, Va., security and logistics giant. Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2022 Indeed, a couple of European countries have already tackled the loot-box issue under gambling rules: Belgium in 2018, then the Netherlands in 2019. David Meyer, Fortune, 31 May 2022 Blizzard will automatically open all your remaining loot boxes for you after Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th. Kris Holt, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Of course, it could be argued that many games and apps that are on the Play Store today already include gambling mechanics (any game that includes loot boxes, for example, or apps that allow people to make bets on Wall Street). Mitchell Clark, The Verge, 28 Jan. 2021 Probably most notably Borderlands, for doing loot-shooting years earlier, and Borderlands itself was an attempt to bring many concepts of Diablo to the FPS genre. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Step 6: Hang with Frank like usual while Jeff completes what is supposed to be a three-minute robbery, then arrange for Jeff’s buddy to pick up the loot crate in the morning while Jeff casually walks out after hiding in the bathroom overnight. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 26 July 2022 Having a quality starting QB playing on his rookie deal is the biggest boon to roster-building in the NFL, because the team can spend the loot elsewhere. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2022 Activision Blizzard also announced that Overwatch 2 won’t include loot boxes--a controversial monetization tool that critics and officials have compared to gambling. Cecilia D'anastasio, Bloomberg.com, 16 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All the rooms in the building are flush with loads of ammo, chests, and loot. Toby Grey, BGR, 12 Sep. 2022 With the streets of Vienna filled with jubilant Nazi supporters hailing Hitler’s Anschluss, thugs freely loot Jewish stores, deface synagogues and attack Jews at random. Diane Cole, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022 Attempts to loot other government funds appear to have been common. Gerald Posner, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 The annexation of Texas and a dispute over where the Texas border should be drawn gave President Polk an excuse to loot more Mexican land while expanding the pro-slavery territory. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Major ranks get you powerful drops of Trials loot, minor ranks get you Trials engrams. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 11 June 2022 Times have changed, and Trials loot is for everyone now. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 11 June 2022 Unlike, say, Amy Wild ( Indy Lewis ), who has a romantic view of her father Frank’s work and will be cruelly disillusioned, after helping her father raise the La Fortuna loot from the floor of the Atlantic. John Anderson, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 Massey was later captured on surveillance video helping to loot and destroy four businesses, including a West Loop cellphone store and the Windy City Cannabis marijuana dispensary on the Near North Side. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 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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26 Sep 2022

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“Loot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loot. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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