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rote

noun \ ˈrōt \

Definition of rote

1 : the use of memory usually with little intelligence
  • learn by rote
2 : mechanical or unthinking routine or repetition
  • a joyless sense of order, rote, and commercial hustle
  • —L. L. King

Origin and Etymology of rote

Middle English


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rote

adjective

Definition of rote

1 : learned or memorized by rote
2 : mechanical 3a

rotely

adverb

First Known Use of rote

1844

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rote

noun

Definition of rote

: 3crowd 1

Origin and Etymology of rote

Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hruozza crowd


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rote

noun

Definition of rote

: the noise of surf on the shore

Origin and Etymology of rote

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rauta to roar — more at rout


ROTE Defined for Kids

rote

noun \ ˈrōt \

Definition of rote for Students

: the act of repeating over and over often without attention to meaning
  • I learned the poem by rote.


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