rot

verb
\ ˈrät How to pronounce rot (audio) \
rotted; rotting

Definition of rot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to undergo decomposition from the action of bacteria or fungi
b : to become unsound or weak (as from use or chemical action)
2a : 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

rot

noun

Definition of rot (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the process of rotting : the state of being rotten : decay
b : something rotten or rotting
2a 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

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Verb

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

Examples of rot in a Sentence

Verb The wood had rotted away. The apples were left to rot. the smell of rotting garbage Eating too much candy can rot your teeth. Noun They found a lot of rot in the house's roof. That's a lot of rot!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Without it, the shoot is unable to take nutrients from the roots, photosynthesis is inhibited, and the plant becomes more susceptible to rot. Julian Epp, The New Republic, 5 Nov. 2021 After it was retired in 1986, the Arlecchino had been left to rot and rust in a warehouse. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Oct. 2021 Unfortunately, wood is expensive, prone to rot, and susceptible to insect damage, like termites and carpenter bees. Adrienne Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Oct. 2021 Just keep in mind that too much moisture can contribute to rot. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 When the city lost power during Ida, people tossed the contents of their refrigerators into garbage bags that have been left to rot. Katy Reckdahl And Timothy Bella, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021 After a historic outage that left more than 800,000 Michiganders without power for days, forcing stores to close and food to rot, energy companies say this is the final push. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 15 Aug. 2021 In court filings and interviews, dozens of prisoners complained that their decaying teeth were left to rot and ache. NBC News, 22 July 2021 Overwatering can cause plants to rot and spoil their appearance for the holiday. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the seventh season of Game of Thrones, just before the rot really started to set in, the show faced an unusual amount of public backlash, due to a small cameo from singer Ed Sheeran. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, the misinformation continues to flow, and the social environment continues to decay from its rot. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2021 Negativity has a way of festering inside Texas’ metaphorical gut, and when the rot spreads the Longhorns tend to submit. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Oct. 2021 Also, don’t forget to apply a fungicide shortly after the sod is installed to prevent rot and leaf spot problems. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Oct. 2021 One sign of the rot: the U.S. tax system, including massive cuts for the rich and corporations delivered by the Trump administration in 2018. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 9 Sep. 2021 Also, apply a lawn fungicide soon after the sod has been installed to prevent rot problems, and repeat one or more times, following label instructions. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Aug. 2021 Before purchasing the pumpkin, rap on it with you knuckle in several spots to ensure there aren’t any soft spots, which indicate rot. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 2021 Of course the onward marching cultural rot of capitalism and imperialism have drained the magic from the world and left people stranded in their inexorable wakes. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 10 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of rot

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rot

Verb

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

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“Rot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rot. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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rot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to slowly decay or cause (something) to decay

rot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rot (Entry 2 of 2)

: the process of rotting or the condition that results when something rots
: foolish words or ideas : nonsense

rot

verb
\ ˈrät How to pronounce rot (audio) \
rotted; rotting

Kids Definition of rot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to undergo decay
2 : to go to ruin He was left to rot in jail.

rot

noun

Kids Definition of rot (Entry 2 of 2)

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

rot

intransitive verb
\ ˈrät How to pronounce rot (audio) \
rotted; rotting

Medical Definition of rot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to undergo decomposition from the action of bacteria or fungi

rot

noun

Medical Definition of rot (Entry 2 of 2)

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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