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Definition of rote

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

Definition of rote (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : learned or memorized by rote

Definition of rote (Entry 3 of 4)

Definition of rote (Entry 4 of 4)

: the noise of surf on the shore

Other Words from rote


rotely adverb

First Known Use of rote

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rote

Noun (1)

Middle English

Noun (2)

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

Noun (3)

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rauta to roar — more at rout entry 5

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“Rote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rote. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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\ ˈrōt How to pronounce rote (audio) \

Kids Definition of rote

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

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