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  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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to carry off or take (something) as loot: to loot a nation's art treasures.
  2. to despoil by taking loot; plunder or pillage (a city, house, etc.), as in war.
  3. to rob, as by burglary or corrupt activity in public office: to loot the public treasury.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to take loot; plunder: The conquerors looted and robbed.
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Origin of loot1

1780–90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals
Related formsloot·er, noun


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1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.


verb Scot.
  1. simple past tense of let1.
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Examples from the Web for loot

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  • 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.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • There were too many other ships' companies clamoring for their turn to loot.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • It would allow the fleet of Weald to loot and then betray Dara.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Men in plastic sag-suits roved about as individuals, seeking what they might loot.

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    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for loot


  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
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  1. to pillage (a city, settlement, etc) during war or riots
  2. to steal (money or goods), esp during pillaging
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Derived Formslooter, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Hindi lūt
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Word Origin and History for loot


"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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