- 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
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- 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 rotest
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Idioms and Phrases with rotest
see by heart (rote).
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