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rot

verb \ ˈrät \

Definition of rot

rotted; rotting
intransitive verb
1 a :to undergo decomposition from the action of bacteria or fungi
b :to become unsound or weak (as from use or chemical action)
2 a :to go to ruin :deteriorate
b :to become morally corrupt :degenerate
transitive verb
:to cause to decompose or deteriorate with or as if with rot

Examples of rot in a Sentence

  1. The wood had rotted away.

  2. The apples were left to rot.

  3. the smell of rotting garbage

  4. Eating too much candy can rot your teeth.

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Origin and Etymology of rot

Middle English roten, from Old English rotian; akin to Old High German rōzzēn to rot

Synonym Discussion of rot

decay, decompose, rot, putrefy, spoil mean to undergo destructive dissolution. decay implies a slow change from a state of soundness or perfection.
    • a decaying mansion
decompose stresses a breaking down by chemical change and when applied to organic matter a corruption.
    • the strong odor of decomposing vegetation
rot is a close synonym of decompose and often connotes foulness.
    • fruit was left to rot in warehouses
putrefy implies the rotting of animal matter and offensiveness to sight and smell.
    • corpses putrefying on the battlefield
spoil applies chiefly to the decomposition of foods.
    • keep the ham from spoiling

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rot

noun

Definition of rot

1 a :the process of rotting :the state of being rotten :decay
b :something rotten or rotting
2 a archaic :a wasting putrescent disease
b :any of several parasitic diseases especially of sheep marked by necrosis and wasting
c :plant disease marked by breakdown of tissues and caused especially by fungi or bacteria
3 :nonsense often used interjectionally

Examples of rot in a Sentence

  1. They found a lot of rot in the house's roof.

  2. That's a lot of rot!

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First Known Use of rot

14th century



ROT Defined for English Language Learners

rot

verb

Definition of rot for English Language Learners

  • : to slowly decay or cause (something) to decay


rot

noun

Definition of rot for English Language Learners

  • : the process of rotting or the condition that results when something rots

  • : foolish words or ideas


ROT Defined for Kids

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rot

verb \ ˈrät \

Definition of rot for Students

rotted; rotting
1 :to undergo decay
2 :to go to ruin
  • He was left to rot in jail.

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rot

noun

Definition of rot for Students

1 :the process of decaying :the state of being decayed
2 :something that has decayed or is decaying

Medical Dictionary

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rot

intransitive verb \ ˈrät \

medical Definition of rot

rotted; rotting
:to undergo decomposition from the action of bacteria or fungi

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rot

noun

medical Definition of rot

1 :the process of rotting :the state of being rotten
2 :any of several parasitic diseases especially of sheep marked by necrosis and wasting


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