- spoils or plunder taken by pillaging, as in war.
- anything taken by dishonesty, force, stealth, etc.: a burglar's loot.
- a collection of valued objects: The children shouted and laughed as they opened their Christmas loot.
- Slang. money: You'll have a fine time spending all that loot.
- act of looting or plundering: to take part in the loot of a conquered city.
- to carry off or take (something) as loot: to loot a nation's art treasures.
- to despoil by taking loot; plunder or pillage (a city, house, etc.), as in war.
- to rob, as by burglary or corrupt activity in public office: to loot the public treasury.
- to take loot; plunder: The conquerors looted and robbed.
Origin of loot1
1780–90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals
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1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.
- simple past tense of let1.
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Examples from the Web for loot
Botala remembers that the rebels would pull into the island, loot what they could, and then take the haul back to Stanleyville.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Go and loot shops from business owners who were not part of the original problem whatsoever.Dinesh D’Souza: Ferguson Protesters Are Just Like ISIS
August 25, 2014
Sayyed, who never went to school, was one of the laborers hired by organized gangs to loot.
Then he pushed his loot outside and up the street towards his house.The Rot Among the Rebels in Ukraine
May 31, 2014
Their bosses make bank selling the loot to Americans online.
Some made a second trip to take up the loot they had gathered.
Its occupants were apprehensive, but hungry for the loot they had been assured was theirs.
There were too many other ships' companies clamoring for their turn to loot.
It would allow the fleet of Weald to loot and then betray Dara.
Men in plastic sag-suits roved about as individuals, seeking what they might loot.
- goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc
- goods, money, etc, obtained illegally
- informal money or wealth
- the act of looting or plundering
- to pillage (a city, settlement, etc) during war or riots
- to steal (money or goods), esp during pillaging
C19: from Hindi lūt
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Word Origin and History for loot
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