- routine; a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure: the rote of daily living.
- proceeding mechanically and repetitiously; being mechanical and repetitious in nature; routine; habitual: rote performance; rote implementation; His behavior became more rote with every passing year.
- by rote, from memory, without thought of the meaning; in a mechanical way: to learn a language by rote.
Origin of rote1
1275–1325; Middle English; of obscure origin
Origin of rote2
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Frankish *hrota (compare Old High German hruozza); akin to crowd2
- the sound of waves breaking on the shore.
Origin of rote3
1600–10; perhaps < Old Norse rauta ‘roar’
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Examples from the Web for rote
The stories of discovery are so rote, though, that we forget that they took incredibly hard work.Following Tuberculosis From Death Sentence to Cure
April 16, 2014
Using their skill with visual processing, ASDs can learn by rote how to negotiate the neuro-typical world.Autism and Child Pornography: A Toxic Combination
August 5, 2013
So let me just add that true Tiger Cubs aren't satisfied with rote learning.The Tiger Mom's SAT Surprise
March 20, 2011
In the workshop or lab, results are determined by experimentation and creativity, not rote learning.James Dyson: America's School Science Crisis
October 1, 2010
Conon stepte to the kynge and presented his rote with a gladde chere.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
Slavery taught the Negro to work by rule and rote but not by principle and method.
Our tastes we acquire, with difficulty; our sentiments we learn by rote.
You can teach them to do things by rote, but when an emergency comes they are like putty.Boy Scouts in the Philippines
G. Harvey Ralphson
The test has been criticized as too dependent on rote memory.The Measurement of Intelligence
Lewis Madison Terman
- a habitual or mechanical routine or procedure
- by rote by repetition; by heart (often in the phrase learn by rote)
C14: origin unknown
- an ancient violin-like musical instrument; crwth
C13: from Old French rote, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German rotta, Middle Dutch rotte
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Word Origin and History for rote
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with rote
see by heart (rote).
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