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

bread [slang], bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, change, chips, coin, currency, dough, gold, green, jack [slang], kale [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], lucre, money, moola (or moolah) [slang], needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels), tender, wampum

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

The Tomb Prospectors got to work and started mapping Isz dungeons layouts, including enemy and loot positions. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Bloodborne’s most hardcore players find new secrets three years after release," 20 June 2018 The video showed a weird hodgepodge of influences ranging from past Bethesda single-player RPGs to brutal survival crafting games like ARK: Survival Evolved and Conan Exiles to the character progression and cooperative loot grind of Destiny. Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The top ten games from E3 2018," 19 June 2018 Criminals take advantage of the chaos to loot shops at night. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Barricades and Empty Streets: Nicaragua’s Leader Loses Control," 18 June 2018 There will also be exclusive in-game loot for Warframe and Player Unknown's Battlegrounds. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon Prime Day Deals start now: Save on Echo Show, movies, Twitch, and more," 3 July 2018 The Disney and Lucasfilm space western is expected to gross $150 million to $180 million during the long Memorial Day weekend, which should be enough loot to pay off Jabba if nothing else. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: From a galaxy far, far away ... heeere's Han!," 21 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But in April 1788, after desperate students began looting the graves of upper-class citizens, public outrage boiled over, leading to two days of anarchy often called the Doctors’ Riots. Keith Williams, New York Times, "When New York Medical Students Were Body Snatchers," 26 Apr. 2018 It had been looted in antiquity, but the beautiful decorations inside were still intact. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb," 12 July 2018 Some amphorae may have already been looted — they are not infrequently seen decorating restaurants along the Albanian coastline. Llazar Semini, Fox News, "Archaeologists urge Albania to protect underwater heritage," 4 July 2018 Some amphorae may have already been looted — they are not infrequently seen decorating restaurants along the Albanian coastline. Washington Post, "Archaeologists urge Albania to protect underwater heritage," 4 July 2018 Here, in the backyard of the Iraqi ambassador’s home on Wednesday, was closure for these artifacts: a ceremonial transfer back to Iraq, where they had been looted from archaeological sites. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "Iraqi Artifacts Once Bought by Hobby Lobby Will Return Home," 2 May 2018 With the help of the Libyan authorities, police verified the authenticity of the pieces and traced their origin to the Apollonia and Cyrene archaeological sites in northern Libya, both of which have been looted by terrorist groups. Lorenzo D'agostino And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Two Spaniards arrested over smuggling of artifacts looted by ISIS," 29 Mar. 2018 At least seven people were killed and dozens of businesses were looted during the unrest. Ezequiel Abiu Lopez And Evens Sanon, chicagotribune.com, "Haiti's prime minister resigns after plan to raise fuel prices sparked deadly protests," 14 July 2018 Leveling also seems similar, and taking out enemy outposts certainly felt familiar, with the usual list of high-value targets to take out and loot to grab. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Hands-on: Assassin's Creed: Odyssey embraces Witcher-like RPG elements, and it's damned exciting," 12 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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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

Other Words from loot

looter noun

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