- 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 looted
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When ISIS fighters took Mosul, news accounts spread of the $429 million they looted from the bank.Why Liberals Should Back Iraq Intervention
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"The candle-sticks were looted during the Commune," he began hurriedly.The Education of Eric Lane
Anne Warridge did, when they looted her Southampton place, some time ago.Nobody
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In 1798 they were looted by the French, and were only restored to Freiburg in 1808.Holbein
Jesse rode into the building on horseback and looted it single-handed.
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- 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 looted
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