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

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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 Its emotes, in-game loot offers, and other mainstays have a near gravitational pull on millions. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Microsoft Gives Up on Mixer," 22 June 2020 Microsoft's E3 Deals Microsoft's sale feels like peeking inside a loot box. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "The Best E3 Game Sales," 11 June 2020 False rumors that antifa is organizing bus rides to take protesters into white neighborhoods and loot homes have gone viral in recent days on digital neighborhood platforms and in group texts throughout the U.S. NBC News, "Antifa rumors spread on local social media with no evidence," 1 June 2020 Boston was one of several cities to have rioters set fire and loot businesses. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "GOP Massachusetts governor condemns Trump's 'incendiary' call to 'dominate' protesters," 1 June 2020 The employee said the other wannabe shoplifters dropped their loot before leaving the store. John Benson, cleveland, "Truck driver looking for detours tears down low-hanging phone line: Strongsville Police Blotter," 27 May 2020 Nuclear McGuffins The first thing to consider when contemplating any heist is the loot. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Could Someone Actually Steal a U.S. Nuke?," 25 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Crowds that came together and evaporated with the unseen coordination of a flash mob, using the protests as a cover to loot high-end shops. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "'Peaceful protests got hijacked': Some criminals used George Floyd protests as cover for looting, police say," 16 June 2020 Looters did not successfully loot any of the hotel’s assets. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Downtown Richmond businesses express concern over looting, protests," 3 June 2020 According to Coleman's office, Tinsley attempted to loot the Louisville Walgreens at 5201 South Third Street, along with Vontreil Bailey, 30, also of Louisville, who was charged last Thursday. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville man federally charged with looting a pharmacy amid Breonna Taylor protests," 25 June 2020 In the past week, false social media rumors spread like a brush fire warning that leftist insurgents would be descending on these historically conservative areas to loot, riot and cause chaos, using the protests as cover. oregonlive, "Unprecedented racial justice protests spread to Oregon towns across the state," 6 June 2020 This feeling might be especially pronounced among people who loot stores that don’t tend to serve low-income minority neighborhoods, such as Whole Foods. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "Why People Loot," 2 June 2020 False rumors about antifa organizing protests to loot suburban areas also spread on social media and via text messages on Tuesday. Washington Post, "Welcome to The Technology 202, our guide to the intersection of technology and politics.," 2 June 2020 The series opens in 1921 Tulsa, with the Greenwood community under siege by white men in Ku Klux Klan-like white robes who burn stores with torches, loot clothing and throw a Molotov cocktail into a florist shop. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "How 'Watchmen' reminds us of the Tulsa Race Massacre before Trump's Oklahoma rally," 16 June 2020 Zakiya Courtney understands that the people who loot and riot during protests aren’t the protesters. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I'm going to be a black man one day and I'm scared:' Why it's important for kids to talk about racism," 10 June 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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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loot. Accessed 6 Aug. 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

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looter noun

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