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loot1

[loot] /lut/
noun
1.
spoils or plunder taken by pillaging, as in war.
2.
anything taken by dishonesty, force, stealth, etc.:
a burglar's loot.
3.
a collection of valued objects:
The children shouted and laughed as they opened their Christmas loot.
4.
Slang. money:
You'll have a fine time spending all that loot.
5.
act of looting or plundering:
to take part in the loot of a conquered city.
verb (used with object)
6.
to carry off or take (something) as loot:
to loot a nation's art treasures.
7.
to despoil by taking loot; plunder or pillage (a city, house, etc.), as in war.
8.
to rob, as by burglary or corrupt activity in public office:
to loot the public treasury.
verb (used without object)
9.
to take loot; plunder:
The conquerors looted and robbed.
Origin of loot1
1780-1790
1780-90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals
Related forms
looter, noun
Synonyms
1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.

loot2

[loot] /lut/
verb, Scot.
1.
simple past tense of let1 .
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Examples from the Web for looting
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  • He's in it, just as much as if he'd got a thousand men behind him, all looting territory.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • The joints had been better barricaded, and the looting had been kept to a minimum.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • Over on the east coast, the outlaws are looting whole towns.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • The lusts of conquest, and of looting, and of combat, all contribute to this spirit of war.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • The looting went on persistently and on a scale almost unthinkable.

British Dictionary definitions for looting

loot

/luːt/
noun
1.
goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc
2.
goods, money, etc, obtained illegally
3.
(informal) money or wealth
4.
the act of looting or plundering
verb
5.
to pillage (a city, settlement, etc) during war or riots
6.
to steal (money or goods), esp during pillaging
Derived Forms
looter, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi lūt
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Word Origin and History for looting
n.

1842, verbal noun from loot (v.).

loot

n.

"goods taken from an enemy, etc.," 1788, Anglo-Indian, from Hindi lut, from Sanskrit loptram, lotram "booty, stolen property," from PIE *roup-tro-, from root *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)). The verb is first attested 1821, from the noun. Related: Looted; looting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for looting

loot 1

noun

Money, esp a large amount of money: Rich planters would come and spend some awful large amounts of loot/ There's a lot of loot there, kiddo (1930+ Jazz musicians)

loot 2

noun

A lieutenant; lieut (1898+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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